During my time in college I had the privilege of interning for the first woman Mayor of San Diego. I worked in the PR department and we were in charge of putting together press releases that reflected the voice, character and heart of the Mayor. So, to prepare for this role, I spent hours reading articles about her, learning about her positions on the issues facing our city at the time, and studying her character in the leadership decisions she had made up to that point. Part of my job was putting together talking points for her interviews so it was crucial that my “voice” reflected hers.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to reflect God. What it takes to ensure that my thoughts, my character, and my stance on issues are reflective of God’s voice.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says “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.”
The only way we are transformed is through God’s spirit. Thankfully those of us who have given our lives to Christ we have his spirit living inside us. But it’s not enough that He’s just there. We have to speak to him, read about him, learn where he stands on the “issues” and study the character of his leadership if we are to accurately reflect His voice.
Spending time studying the Word of God, gives us a good understanding of his character. Don’t just read the same stories over and over, dig into the scriptures, be curious and seek for answers. The more time you spend digging into the word, the more you understand who God is. The book of Luke is a treasure trove of lessons on God’s character as Jesus reflected them here on earth. Watch how He interacted with people and what He taught them. There is a lot we can learn about reflecting God’s character through scripture.
Secondly, we need to hear God’s voice in our own lives. That means we must spend time in prayer; time with the one whose voice we are seeking. Proverbs 2:1-5 says “My daughter, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to find the knowledge of God! His knowledge will give me the wisdom I need to reflect him in my decisions.
And lastly, once we’ve heard His voice, we must take action when He calls us to. The more we obey, the easier it becomes to act with confidence, knowing that our actions are reflective of God. The beautiful part is, every time we obey, our faith increases, making it easier to obey the next time around.
If we want to reflect the character, the heart, and the voice of God, we have to spend time digging into the Word, talking and listening to Him through prayer, and acting on the things He calls us to.
1 Corinthians 15:49–“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.”
Let’s not just be people who TELL others we know God, let’s REFLECT him in all areas of our lives!
Hi! I'm Dezerai, a woman passionate about living in my purpose, about creating a life on purpose and about challenging you to do the same. I speak, I write, and I hang out with my husky and my handsome husband in the beautiful Napa Valley.