Now, for me, it brings great joy to hear that. My sweet son does look strikingly similar to his handsome daddy, in fact some would say he’s the spitting image.
As I was pondering this phenomenon, I was considering what my life would have to look like for people to come up to me and tell me that I was spitting image of my Father: the God of the Universe, sweetest friend Jesus, constant companion Holy Spirit. Far too often I am only a reflection of how much sleep I squeezed in the night prior, how well I am handling my kids and/or marriage, or the trials and hurts I’m currently wading through in life.
I’ve been convicted of a better way to live though. What if when I met people I reflected joy? Peace. Patience. Kindness. Gentleness. Self-control. Grace. Mercy. Goodness. Faithfulness. Dare I say it, even LOVE. What if I was a river of life, full up to overflow with the fruits of having the Holy Spirit alive and active in my life? What if instead of joining in the whining, condemning, judging, blaming, self-pity, or self deprecation I met people with gentle and loving and encouraging truth? What if I built them up and spoke light and life about who they were in Christ or who God sees in them?
What if someone came up to you today with that attitude? Would it be contagious? I think so. I think that we can reflect our Heavenly Father and thereby help reproduce that attitude in others. I can catch a vision for that kind of world. I can get on board with spreading joy and love. And I can get on board with being in community with others who are on that same track.
And just like our own beautiful children, they are not clones of us, but they can sure look a lot like us. I can picture God sitting on the edge of His seat, saying, “Yeah, there she goes. There he is. My kiddo looks exactly like me!” Who Am I (According to Scripture):
I am complete in Him Who is the head over all rule and authority—of every angelic and earthly power (Colossians 2:10).
I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
I am far from oppression, and will not live in fear (Isaiah 54:14).
I am holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).
I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).
I have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
The Spirit of God, who is greater than the enemy in the world, lives in me (1 John 4:4).
I have received abundant grace and the gift of righteousness and reign in life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).