Posted By Denise Miller Holmes on Monday
Savvy Article #1004
Michael J. Wilkins says, “Yes.” A person who is fully human is conformed to the image of God.
In a mind-bending chapter in his book In His Image, Wilkins argues energetically that you, a Christian, become conformed to the image of God by becoming more human.
Bizarre doesn’t cover it. How can you, a sinful human, become more like God by encouraging your humanness?
The answer is in how you define the word human.You may assume that human is bad. Humans eat too much, we play dirty, we lie, and cheat on our spouses. We kill sometimes, and some of us plan to take over the world. A few, heaven forbid, smoke!
But, God originally made your humanness perfect and in His image—He did not include sin in the original design. When God now reaches into you and works on your heart to make you like Christ, He is touching that original creation, the part of you that is still in His image. That’s the part He is bringing to the surface . . . the part that is perfectly human.
Your fallen humanness is not what you want to encourage. Your originally-created humanness is.
Here are two verses that support Wilkins’ position:
- And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: . . . (Genesis 1:26a)
- For a man . . . is the image and glory of God. (I Corinthians 11:7a)
Jesus is our example of a perfect human. And this perfect human was in perfect connection with God the Father. Not only that, He was the living visible expression of God’s glory on earth … just as we are supposed to be.
We will explore more of Wilkins’ thoughts on becoming more human in another savvy article, but for now, just remember that God made you to connect to Him, to live for Him, to shine for Him, and to be a complete human being conformed to His Image.