This brings us to an important self-revelation. If we have been created in the image of God, and if He is undeniably incarnational in His nature, it is only natural to assume we are reflections of the same. No, we are not capable of inhabiting other bodies, as the special effects gurus in Hollywood would have us believe, or becoming “very God.” But we can enter the lives of others with the grace of Jesus and act as His presence. God can be seen in us through the indwelling Spirit He has given us.
Is the idea of incarnational living a new concept for you? Perhaps you have read about it before in God’s Word, but never connected it with your daily walk. The Apostle Peter wrote, “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). In the Old Testament, priests stood between God and His people, drawing worshippers into the presence of their Creator and administering grace on His behalf through the sacrificial system. Similarly, when we invite others who don’t know Christ to experience His grace with us, we are fulfilling our priestly, incarnational ministry.
People often say Jesus’ followers are His “hands and feet” in the world. I think this is an accurate depiction, however, I would like to suggest it is somewhat narrow. We are a living sacrifice, and with our hands and feet we also offer our hearts, mind and soul. Our goal is to pour out all that we are so those around us can see all that He is. We must be the incarnate of the Incarnate. If we represent anything else, it is possible the people we reach might miss the point.