We recently toured the famous printing factory called the “Imagerie d’Epinal.” It has been there since the early 1880’s and is still using today some of the old fashioned hand-operated presses. We saw several different methods of imprinting images including wooden engravings, moulding and lithographs, like the one pictured here.
These images were used to make cards, posters and literature. They featured religious or military subjects, Napoleonic history, storybook characters and folk tales. Of course, the image produced was only as remarkable as the original art.
We are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Unlike animals we have will, intellect, creativity, and the ability to worship God. Our verse for today talks about another image; the image of the Lord Jesus. This image is being stamped on all who are believers and belong to Him. It is a slow, life-long transformation. One day, when I see Him face to face, His image in me will be complete (I John 3:2).
The more I am like Christ, the more beautiful I am! That is because He is beautiful. The original image is like a breathtaking work of art. His goodness and kindness, His patience and love are slowly making their appearance.
Those presses use a tremendous amount of pressure to produce a beautiful image. In the same way, the Lord often uses difficulty in my life to produce His image. He is using every negative in my day to press His beautiful character into me. I am thankful that the hard times are not wasted. Lord today, “let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”