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Do We Look Like Jesus Our Lord?

1 John 3:2

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

profileWhen our children grow up – they often look like us.  I look a lot like my dad.  I was named after him and look a great deal like him.  My daughters look a great deal like their mother (praise God for that).

Do you look like one of your parents?  If not in looks – in behavior – habits – mannerisms?  I remember a comical item I once found online that said pats and their owners even begin to look like each other.  Most of us probably have some characteristics of our parents.  They may be characteristics we’d like to not have at times.  But because of genetics and environment we tend to take on similarities with our parents.

As children of God – do we resemble Him?  We are called in Scripture to follow the example of our Lord – Jesus Christ.  Do we?  Do we resemble Him? Do we strive to follow His teachings?  Do we seek His will in our lives?

Here is today’s passage in partial context.  1 John 3:1-5 – 1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.  4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

Do we wrestle with sin in our lives or accept it?  Do we strive to love our neighbors as ourselves or do we love self – more than others?  Do we strive to walk the walk as well as we talk the talk?  Do we seek His face and desire His grace?  If we are children of God – we should resemble God in love – in behavior – in our walk.  Are we striving?  Inner reflection time.  Only you and God know the answer to those questions for you!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – We’re having a revival at First United Methodist Church of Laurel on March 2-5.  Morning services on March 2 are at 8:15 and 11:00 am.  Evening services on Sunday through Wednesday are at 7:00 pm.  The church is located at 424 Main Street – Laurel – MD – 20707.  I hope to see some of our readers at the revival!


February 21, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. My Dad has always had commendable attributes I’ve tried to follow (work ethic, compassion, patience). As time went on, I noticed more physical resemblance.
    Great shoes to try to fill. Now I also seek Jesus’ path.


    Comment by snoyes4310 | February 21, 2014 | Reply

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