I used to work with a man that would change his image every few years.
When I first met him, he drove a big ole pickup truck with an air horn and bull horns as a hood ornament. He wore a big cowboy hat, sometimes a bolo tie, worn cowboy boots, and a huge western belt buckle.
Over the course of a few years, I witnessed this man, who became one of my best friends, change from the "rodeo supporting" Texas cowboy to a "new age" Birkenstock wearing yuppy sort of guy.
His son, who also worked with me for a few years, told me that he had "worn" several images over the years. From business suit professional to leather wearing motorcycle rider, to western rodeo promoter to Reiki instructor. He wasn't trying to be someone that he wasn't. He was living the image that he was.
My friend passed away a handful of years ago, but his image is in my memory for as long as I will remember. He was a joy to know, and a true friend. He taught me a lot about life, and I enjoyed every day that I spent around him.
You know, I don't think I have ever met anyone that truly lived out the image that they took on as much as my friend.
Moses wrote these words from God in Genesis 1:26-27 -
"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
God made us in His image. To be like Him - not physically, but spiritually. You see, the image of our lives, and how we live should reflect the image of God every day. While our lives are not perfect, and sometimes our image changes for the not so good, we will always have an image. The choice of whether our image is reflecting a spiritual picture of God is what should make a difference.
Much like when my friend "changed his image," when we "change our image" in becoming a Christian, we remove any recognition of the old image (of a sinful being) and replace it with something that is completely different. Paul writes in Ephesians 4...
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
It has been said that "image is everything." While the statement may not be completely accurate that image is everything, we should realize that the image that we profess is the image that we are living. Is your image what you really want it to be? If not, there is opportunity that exists to make that change...please consider this opportunity with all your heart.
"Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—" Colossians 3:9-10
*All scripture quoted from New American Standard Bible
**Preacher in Steel-toed Boots is a book being written by Joey Ferrell. This blog is written as the thoughts and meditation of Joey Ferrell and not part of the forthcoming book of the same title.