We are all image-bearers of God. We each have something of God in our makeup. Like tiny mirrors, we reflect our Creator to the world around us.
No one is a complete picture of God. I believe there is more to God than we could discover if we looked at those reflections in every person who has ever lived or will ever live. Yet, you and I have been patterned after the nature of our Creator and there is much we can learn about God from paying attention to human beings.
I believe every person we meet and get to know in some way could potentially show us something about God, because everyone carries a piece of God’s likeness in themselves.
God’s image is not all we carry in our persons. We all have our own unique spirits and souls and bodies. We all have sin intertwined in our flesh somehow. Some people have described human beings as “glorious ruins”—we are less than we were originally designed to be, yet we still carry the glory of that design, even in our fallen state. I like that metaphor.
I think the idea of a tiny mirror, reflecting something large and wonderful is also a good metaphor. A whole bunch of small mirrors would be needed to capture a large scene, and if you only looked at one of them, you might miss part of the scene.
But the closer you get to a small mirror, the more you can see reflected in it. I love that idea, too. It fits the reality of getting to know a person and seeing more of who they really are, and learning more about who God is through them.
The idea that we are image-bearers of God is not one that is easy to explain or think about in depth. I don’t believe we will ever get to the end of it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep exploring!