“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…” (Galatians 2:20 KJV).
READ: Galatians 2:16-21
In the beginning when God made man, He designed him to expressly live out His image; however when man disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, he lost that nature. The nature of the devil, which is sin, came into man and ruled the entire human race. Through Christ’s death on the cross, man had the opportunity to have back that nature of God. For as many as believe in Him automatically, become the children of God. The Holy Spirit in the nature of righteousness recreates the sin nature. This gives us back that image of God that was lost.
Having the image of God enables us to live victoriously and have dominion over the earth. Showing care and compassion, bringing healing, hope and adding value to our world are characteristics of the nature of God. This life can only be lived when we are conscious of the truth that Christ is the one that now lives in us. Our old selfish nature was crucified with Christ and the new life we have is that of the resurrected Christ.
Yielding ourselves to God gives us the opportunity to express the image of God. Consider yourself therefore as a vessel carrying Christ. We have no life of our own, that life was nailed to the cross. When God looks at us, He does not see us but He sees Christ. Living with this consciousness will help you conduct yourself as Christ would. I John 4: 17b (KJV) says, “Because as He is, so are we in this world.” That is so powerful. Go out today with the mindset that you are the express image of Christ. Hallelujah!
Lord, help me to be conscious of the fact that I am the express image of God, and to live it out daily. Help me to continually manifest the glory of God in all that I do, in Jesus name. Amen.