The woman at the cash register looked at my husband, as people have done his entire life, and said, “I know who your father is. You look just like him.” A profound resemblance between a parent and child often results when the genetic traits in one parent’s DNA are more dominant than the other parent’s. Beyond facial features and body structure, some children even share a parent’s mannerisms and expressions.
There’s never been a more striking resemblance than that of Jesus to His heavenly Father. The likeness was so exact that Jesus could say, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Scripture describes Jesus as:
“…the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being” (Hebrews 1:3).
“…the image of the invisible God…God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him” (Colossians 1:15,19).
As Jesus was in this world, so we are called to be. Because the Holy Spirit lives in us, the glorious character of God — His excellence, purity and holiness — can be displayed in and through us. The physical resemblance between a parent and child stems from deep within. Likewise, the Spirit of God living in our spirit will be beautifully expressed as we allow Him to live through us. We will think like Him, speak like Him and act like Him.
It was said of Jesus:
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14).
When we allow God’s Word to penetrate and dominate our thinking, our lives will increasingly resemble the life of the One called The Word. God’s Word is the tool He uses to ensure that the DNA He put in us is displayed in our lives.
“Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
We’ve been given the ultimate privilege, calling and blessing: to become living examples of who God is. May it be said of us: “I know who your Father is. You look just like Him.”