"He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God..." - Colossians 1:15 NASB
As early as the 1940's advertisers had used the phrase "what you see is what you get" to communicate a kind of straightforward, nothing hidden approach to sales. Most of us, no doubt, appreciate this kind of thing.
In our minds however, this principle need apply to much more than mere commerce. What we see in love is what we hope to get. What we see in campaign promises from our politicians is what we expect them to deliver. Similarly, what we see in faith and religion is also what we hope to attain.
Although many of the things listed above remain to be seen when it comes to God what we see is exactly what we get, and what we see is Jesus Christ!
For Christians today it's important to remember this unchanging truth. When we struggle to understand what God may or may not be doing in a particular situation what we need to do is look to Jesus. When we do, we must then rest assured in faith that if Jesus is the image of God (and we see his character through the scriptures) then what we have seen is exactly what we will get.
Questions to consider:
If Jesus is the image of the invisible God and we are created in the image of God whose image to we bear?
If we bear the image of God shouldn't people get what they see?
Are people seeing the image of Christ in us?