When a newborn comes to a family, most people are quick to pronounce, “He has his father’s nose,” or “I see the Diener family all over him.” We notice the resemblance almost immediately.
God is our Father. The Word says that we are created in the “likeness and image of God.”1 We have the divine nature within us. We are supposed to reflect God, and should have the attitude of Christ Jesus.2
Until the life after this one, most people will not actually see God ‘in person.’ But we, as his children, are equipped through the Holy Spirit to help people see God. We are his hands and feet. Our love reveals God’s love.
I remember one particular parent-teacher meeting we had when our boys were in school. One of the teachers was very bold with me. She actually asked, “Do you have anything to do with these boys?” I did not feel very good about that comment — even though I realized she was joking. I guess they just had a lot more resemblance to their father (maybe the African genes are stronger?!)
In every way, we should resemble our Father. When people look at us, they should “see” Jesus. When people hear us speak, they should hear the words of God. When people see how we live, they should experience a touch from the Lord. In actions, in speech and in character, our lives should show the world what God in his fullness is like. Even our marriages are intended to demonstrate to others what the love of Jesus, the Bridegroom, is for His bride.
Do people ‘see’ Christ in me? Do they see God, my father, ‘all over’ me? Do they touch his love and experience his grace? I hope that the resemblance is growing, and that my life points people to my Father.