"YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR DAD."
Growing up to this day I have been told - "You look like your Mama." I thanked them and we usually have conversations about family and move on. I have also had people say, "You look just like your Dad." I have thanked them and had similar family conversations after this statement.
The fact that I look like my parents is a good indicator I belong to them. If you hang around me long enough you will see I have the same kind of humor, mannerisms, values, speech and so forth that identify me as belonging to them and them to me.
In a Christian's life, this mirroring should occur and be noticeable with our heavenly parent, Father God. A wonderful, observable indicator of looking and behaving like our Heavenly Dad is found in Galatians 5:22-23.
Paul kinda pictures the Believer as a portable, variety, fruit tree. As we are walking out our faith journey with the Holy Spirit and in tune with the Word of God, the natural result is bearing all these different kinds of Godly life-applicable fruit. This Scripture says,
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
The catch in identifying ourselves and others as Belonging to Father God is to be aware of the abundance or lack of each fruit. Not that someone who lacks in any area is not part of God's Family or not saved, but that person sure would be a candidate for a phrase such as - "You look/behave nothing like your Dad."
This is the challenge. This is the encouragement. Let others not say, "You don't look like your Heavenly Father." But let our lives reflect thinking, speech, behavior and relationships that would support anybody, especially our fellow Christians saying, "You Look Like Your Dad."
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