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His Image

Being full in Christ.

  • Author: By Amber Kinneer
  • Credits: Illustration by Bombo, colagene.com
  • Published: April 7, 2011

I’ve acquired a small collection of Silly Bandz. Given to me by friends—mostly children—these silicone bands are the newest craze, showcased in an assortment of shapes and colors. Typically worn as bracelets, they revert to their original shape when removed.

One afternoon I held each one up to the sunlight: a green butterfly, a yellow star and a purple heart. I stared, amazed at how a simple rubber band with grooved notches allowed me to identify each image merely by its outline.

When I began a relationship with Jesus, I took on more than just His outline. Ephesians 5:18 says, “. . . be filled with the Spirit.” I don’t know the shape of the Holy Spirit, but I recognize His work in my life in various ways. When I’m moved to compassion, earnestly pray for friends or am sickened by my own sin, those urges are not of my own making.

When people see me, I want them to experience Christ’s love. What would it look like if I asked the Holy Spirit to fill me daily? I want to be filled with Christ, not simply bear His outline.

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