I have two brothers, both older than me. The oldest could be my twin (ignoring the fact that he’s three years older than me); in fact, we’ve been asked on several occasions if that was the case. We’ve also been asked more than once if my other brother was adopted. With blonde hair and different facial features, Matthew doesn’t really look much like Justin or me. When we stand together, not everybody realizes we’re siblings, but put us next to our parents and you’ll see the connection in each of us; in one way or another, we all resemble them. And that’s just looks – I haven’t said anything about personality.
You see, it’s natural that we resemble our parents – that’s how life works. And in the same way, it should be natural for us as Christians to resemble our Heavenly Father. As His children, it is our goal to grow more and more like Him each day; to allow Him to form us closer and closer to His image. For while we were made in His image from the beginning, that image is marred by our fallen state. But through Christ’s work in us, people should be able to see Him; to know whom we belong to. It should be evident to all we meet that we are following His Word and trusting His plan.
We are called to stand out and let Him show through. Why should we be ashamed of who we are in Christ? Why hide the fact that we are children of the King? And if we hide that, how will we lead others to Him? If they cannot see Him in us – if there is no difference – how can we tell them we have something they don’t?
So the question is, are you leading a life that proves who your Father is? This isn’t a show that we put on for others to see, but if you truly follow God, it will be evident in your life.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:14-16