Our verse for today comes from John 12:45, ” And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. “
Ever since my wife and I started having children, the one Christmas present I have asked for each year is a calendar. Not just your ordinary calendar, the ones I get include photos of our kids from the previous year. And so, as I go through the year, I can enjoy images from the same time a year ago, taking delight in the memories and marveling at the changes that have occurred in what seems like the blink of an eye. But as fascinating as the changes are that are transforming my little babies into young men and women, I am just as spellbound by the one thing that remains the same. And that is that my kids look like six strangers to me. No, not really. But even now, as I stare at them lying on the sofa or look at them sitting at the kitchen table, I am at a loss to find any resemblance they have to me. And it has been that way since the first one came along eighteen years ago. Now others have said they see their mom or me in this one or that one, and perhaps my wife is more evident in them than I am. I can certainly see resemblances to their aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins, but my DNA is evidently taking its own sweet time to make itself apparent to me. But more importantly, I can see in my kids’ actions traits from their mom and me, even the ones that I desperately wished weren’t there. When I look at them, many times I can see myself doing or saying the exact same thing. It’s one of the many blessings (and curses) of being a parent.
Clearly no one has a bigger family than our heavenly Father. Its generations span 6,000 years. And just like so many earthly families, some children resemble the Father much more than others. But His only begotten Son, He was the perfect and express image of all that the Father is. And that very Son lives within each of His family members, conforming them to His image. So if you don’t look as much like Him as you perhaps should, let Him transform you from the inside out, so all will know who you look like.
As we seek Him today, let your walk and your talk be the spitting image of the One who gives you life.