Growing up I would always here this phrase.
“You look just like your dad!”
For me, it’s a compliment. My dad’s a good looking man. And for my dad, I’d imagine it’s a compliment as well. I’m guessing there’s a sense of pride parents feel when their kid looks like them, has the same mannerisms, character traits, and even personalities…of course, all the good aspects of those things.
And now that the news is out that I’m going to be a dad, hearing those words would be music to my ears. Except if we have a girl. I’d make an ugly girl. (For her to have my wife’s looks, however, would be hitting the jackpot).
This didn’t have spiritual implications for me until recently when my Grandma told me, yet again, that I looked like my dad. Of course, I said “thank you” but I couldn’t stop the mind-drift that was happening – thinking of all the ways that, as Christians, a phrase like this would have massive implications.
The Bible says in Genesis 1:27 that you and I were created in the image of God…our Heavenly Father.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
That doesn’t mean we all look alike – I gave my thoughts on that in my last post. What it does mean is that we all have the fingerprints of God…His attributes, His character, His personality. Though we portray those each uniquely, it’s in the portraying that we begin to look most like our creator.
Figuring out who God made us to be and then portraying those unique attributes to the world is perhaps one of the best uses of our time (along with the Great Commission, of course…but even this, I believe, helps us accomplish the G.C). In so doing this, we show off our Heaven Father.
We show off the kind nature of God when we’re kind.
We show off the forgiving nature of God when we forgive.
We show off the creative nature of God when we create.
We show off the _____________ nature of God when we _____________.
You can fill in the blank better than I could because you have attributes of God that I don’t. And whenever you step fully into those and be who God created you to be, you’re looking more and more like your Heavenly Father.
And I’d imagine there’s a sense of Godly Pride that He feels when his creation desires to look more and more like Him.