We are image bearers.
I think we tend to forget that sometimes.
As image bearers, we reflect the glory of God. As God’s glory is revealed, it is reflected through our worship. And so, we have a most intimate connection with God.
We are created in the image of the Almighty. Does that mean that God has an epic beard? Maybe. But that’s not the “image” that I want to discuss today. I’m not talking physical image. I’m talking spiritual.
Because God is Spirit (John 4:24), the true worshiper will worship God with the part of himself that is made in the image of God—his spirit. In other words, worship must spring forth from the inner man, and this inner man (the spirit) includes the intellect (1 Cor. 2:11), the emotions (Mark 8:12 & Acts 17:16), and the will (Matt. 26:41).
When we think of our spirit according to this three-fold model, Deuteronomy 6:5 makes a lot more sense…
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”
My worship of God in spirit requires all of me (Romans 12:1-2.) With everything I am and with all of my soul I must mirror my Creator.
“Whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
Don’t forget who you are.