A Noble Imitation

Whether we recognize it or not, we all seek a noble imitation, we want to be conformed to our Creator. To be like Him. To be true. “You have made us for yourself,” wrote Saint Augustine, “and our hearts are restless, until they find rest in you.” The “for” in the first part of that sentence, Peter Kreeft tells us, is translated from the Latin word ad. It’s a preposition expressing dynamic movement. It means “toward.” God has made us toward Himself.” That is, He’s designed us to be creatures in an active and constant progression toward Him—not geographically, but constitutionally. In other words, our nature progresses toward His nature. We acquire, more and more, the divine likeness (2 Pet 1:4). That’s our ultimate desire, that’s what we really want, to move toward God—to be fashioned forever into His likeness.

Jonathan R. BaileyTelos