There was a kindergarten teacher who made a habit of giving her class free time to draw. She felt this encouraged her students to use their imaginations. She made a practice of going around the room and asking the kids about what they were working on. On this particular day, one of her students had a very serious expression on her face as she drew. The teacher could tell she was drawing something that meant a lot to her. When she came around to the little girl’s table, she asked her what she was drawing.
The little girl looked up, smiling, and said, “I’m drawing God!”
The teacher was a little surprised. “No one knows what God looks like…,”she reminded the little girl.
The girl, not looking up from her intense art session, replied, “That’s because I’m not finished yet.”
Of course God is unseen. He is bigger than our human categories. How do we present a picture of this God to others? For Jesus, the answer had to do with the way we live our lives. Christ lived his life in such a way that the character and nature of God was unmistakable and he challenged his disciples to do the same. “Be therefore perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect…” Being made in God’s image gives us the responsibility of bearing that image to others. As disciples, we are called to live in such a way that people come to see God in us that through the power of the Spirit we are conformed more and more into the likeness of Christ each day. Being perfect as God is perfect- a tall order to say the least! You may think it impossible but I, for one, am not finished yet.
Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear…