If we can accept that our true self is the image and likeness of You in us, then how do we intuit what that image and likeness is? Of course we can refer to our images of Your actions – Your examples. You showed us what it means to be like You by the way You lived. But even beyond that the record we have in the gospels of the things You said paints an even more specific picture of what the image and likeness of You really means. There may be nothing more definitive to which to refer in trying to determine just what it means to seek our true selves in the image and likeness of You than Your very words to us as recorded in scripture. So, when we look there, this is what we find:
John 14:12, “…he who believes in Me will also do the works that I do.”
Luke 2:49, “Abide in God.”
Matthew 3:15, It’s all right to understand God in human terms.
Matthew 4:4, We must feed our spirits.
John 1;39, “Follow Me.”
John 3:18, Faith forgives much, and, we are loved.
John 4:24, Worship in spirit and in truth.
Mark 1:15, “Repent.”
Matthew 5:3, Be poor in spirit.
Matthew 5:16 and Luke 6:22, Be a witness.
Luke 14:10-11 and Matthew 5:5, Be meek and humble.
Luke 6:21 and Matthew 7:9, “…seek and knock…”
Matthew 5:7, Be merciful.
Matthew 5:8, Be pure of heart.
Matthew 5:9, Be peacemakers.
Matthew 7:2, “Don’t judge others.”
Matthew 6:25, “Do not be anxious.”
Mark 5:19, Proclaim God at home.
Matthew 9:58, Pray for the harvest.
Matthew 10:32, “Acknowledge Me before men.”
Matthew 16:24, Deny self.
Matthew 18:3, Be like a child.
Mark 9:35, Be a servant.
Luke 12:1, Beware of hypocrisy.
Luke 12:15, Avoid covetousness.
Luke 17:1, “Be not a source of temptation.”
Matthew 22:37, Love God and your neighbor.
Matthew 24:4, Don’t be led astray.
Matthew 28:19-20, Make disciples, teach.
If we sincerely seek to discover and nurture our true selves, and if we conclude that our true selves are the reflections of the image and likeness of You, then we can do no better than to pay heed to Your words: “Follow Me. He who believes in Me will also do the works I do.”