We had some good conversation with some of our students last weekend on our trip to Cheyenne. We were talking about how God reveals Himself to us. There are a lot of ways He does that, but one of the most obvious and objective revelations of Himself comes to us through Scripture.
But, why does He bother to reveal Himself to us at all? As it says in Psalms, “What is man that you are mindful of us…”
In James, we are told that the person who reads Scripture but doesn’t do what it says, is like a person who looks into a mirror then walks away and forgets what he looks like. Why do we look into mirrors? To make sure we look ok. This is more than just a catchy word picture to say “if you don’t do what you see in Scripture then you’re pretty dumb.”
We’re made in God’s image. As He reveals Himself to us, He is also showing us who we are/should be. As we look at the reflection of Him given to us in Scripture, we see the reflection of who we were made to look like. As young people begin to detach their own personality from that of their parents, as they begin to discover “who they are” – it’s critical that they come to define themselves in terms of what is revealed to them in Scripture (not athletics, appearance, or even academics).
Jesus talked about us living full lives. We can’t do that if we’re not fully ourselves. God reveals Himself to us so we can know who we are and live the life He calls us to live with Him.