Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Seeing Jesus in your selfie

What do we hope for in taking a selfie? Usually the idea is to show that you are having fun, show you are sure of yourself and that you have nothing to hide. Then there are the selfies taken in front of a mirror, usually accompanied by an inspirational phrase. 

What do you see when you take that selfie? Do you see Jesus? Of course not…But do we ever think about having that sort of vision? In Romans the Bible talks about being conformed to the image of His Son (or Jesus). God’s goal for our life is to be conformed to the image of Jesus. In this selfie culture it is probable that the focus is elsewhere. We can’t judge each person’s motives, but it would be safe to say that some people take them in search of compliments, others to show off progress in their latest health challenge, others to feel good about themselves. 

What would be neat is if someone invented an app that showed your progress through selfies in being conformed to the image of Jesus. You could gradually see a white robe appearing and a soft beard and eyes that penetrate love to the souls of those who like your selfie post. As you grow in the Lord, the features gradually appear in your selfie picture….

That might not be too realistic, but maybe our vision of that happening should be. What if we put just as much focus on that progress as we did on how we look in the mirror when we take a selfie? 

The funny thing is that when people think about being around us or being friends with us, they are not going to focus on your appearance, they are going to think about your character and personality. They are more likely to spend time/approve of you by your actions than by your looks. 

God approves of you. He loves you. He wants to take your life and shape it to be more like Christ. When you submit to God’s will and seek Him and how you can be conformed to the image of His Son, you do wonders for yourSELF. You turn out beautiful, not just physically, but in all other areas as well. 

As this world seems to be going south, we need Christians who will see Jesus in their selfie more and more. We need a movement that takes these steps in being salt and light to those around us! 

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