Blog topic: “Who Do You Look Like?”
People often say we all have one: Doppelgamngers, another word for Lookalikes. There is somewhere on this earth people unrelated to you and me, who look very much like us. I was at a conference last week, and someone stopped me and asked me if I was such and such. I responded, “No.” their reply was, “You look just like her.” Sometimes I see young men in and about my travels, sometimes viewing them on T.V. and there is a striking resemblance to my son. I have seen several guys that could be his twin.
Well, let me ask this question, “Who do you look like?” As you think about that question, why not ponder the scripture 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, where Paul tells us that: "We “are being transformed into the Lord’s image.” As we seek to honor Jesus with our lives, one of our chief goals must be or should be to look like him. I don’t mean that we should walk around in a robe, wear sandals on our feet, grow a beard and live outside in the elements. It means that the Holy Spirit helps us demonstrate Christ-like attitudes and behaviors. For instance, in our character, we are developing the Fruit of the Spirit. We love, caring, humble, peaceful, thankful, giving, patient, and self-controlled in all manner of living.
In the early church’s development and ministry, one of the ways the people identified the Apostles was in the way in which they lived, walked and talked like Jesus. Acts 4:3: “The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” Not only did they develop the character of Christ Jesus, but they were also able to demonstrate, operate and represent him in the power and authority of His Spirit.
When we look like Jesus, we will be a people willing and able to come alongside the needy, the marginalized in our society. We will have compassion upon those who do not have a relationship with the Lord. We freely give alms and use the spiritual gifts that the Lord has given us to lay hands on the sick, to cast out demons, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a perverse generation.
As we contemplate the Lord’s glory, by fixing our eyes on Jesus, we can grow more and more like Him. It would be an awesome and amazing thing if when people observed, bumped into, came into contact with us that they would look at us and say:, “I see Jesus in you, I know you have been with Jesus.”
Lord, help us to focus on You. Let our gaze, delight, and spirit study You. Help us to get to know You in a better way. Help us to love others unconditionally. Draw us closer to You in our times of worship. Let others see and smell the Jesus in our lives. The gift of love, the fragrance of love is what draws and keeps a family together. May, the family resemblance to Jesus, be what the world sees during corporate times of worship and in our individual lives.
HAVE A BLESSED DAY AND "DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS"