Every human is born in the image of Christ. Male and female, we share equally in that divine image. Personally, I struggle to have that likeness show in me. Even though the image is a gift of creation, it is often whitewashed by my own failings. Sometimes I put on my Jesus face, but is that the real thing?
Then I come around to remember that I only need to behold Christ and let him bring out his best in me. I just need to show up and spend time in his presence, consistently. The apostle Paul says this really happens in quiet contemplation. “And we, who with unveiled faces contemplate Christ’s glory, are being transformed into his image with his ever-increasing glory inside ourselves. (2 Corinthians 3:18 PAR)”
We behold God in contemplation. Here, Jesus brings out his image in us. It is the way of the first disciples, including Apostle Paul. So take time to re-image. Would you like to learn more about contemplation?
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the centuries. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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