I believe those who know me and my 6 year old son would be hard pressed to deny the fact that he IS my son. As they say, “He’s a spittin’ image of his father.” So true.
People have told me I look like others, some famous and some not so famous. Seems I resemble the image of the individuals. In fact, this past weekend I uploaded my picture on the face recognition software of MyHeritage.com and discovered that I look very similar to David Soul. You know, Hutch of the 70’s TV show, “Starsky and Hutch”. But if he were to be standing beside me today, I probably would look nothing like him.
Identical twins may be almost impossible to tell apart, but there are some very distinct differences in particular mannerisms, speech, or physical markings. However, to discover these, you MUST get closer to them. This is why parents and siblings of identical twins never have trouble telling twins apart, they KNOW them. The closer you get to others, the more you understand who they are and what they are all about.
Genesis 1:26 NIV reveals that we are all created in the image of God, after His likeness. Just like with our biological parents, we will inherit many of their characteristics and mannerisms. Much of this is hereditary. However, if you mimic a person long enough (family or not) it will appear that you are related. Ever heard that as the years go by in a marriage that the husband and wife begin to look alike? Probably because of mannerisms, speech, and other personality traits.
The goal of every child of God should be to become more and more like Him to the point that your relationship with Him is undeniable. His mannerisms, His character, His desires, His will…
Our worship of the Great Creator will bring this kind of transforming presence. In fact, the purpose of worship is to change the face\life of the worshiper. We are changed by His presence. Being in the presence of God is critical to our “becoming” more and more like Him. Two great examples of the transforming presence of God can be found in scripture…
In Exodus 34:29-35 NLT, Moses encountered God and his face reflected the glow of God’s glory. The glow was so intense that Moses wore a veil over his face for some time when he spoke with the people.
The second account is found in Matthew 17:1-2 NIV. Jesus took the inner circle disciples with Him up on a high mountain to experience the glory of the Father. Jesus was transfigured, transformed, changed at this encounter and immediately Peter, James and John were “blinded by the light” that Jesus was reflecting.
Bottom line: if you want to be transformed and changed to reflect who He is, you MUST get into His presence. And just as Moses did, he kept going back for more. Now that God’s presence resides within His people, He can work on us internally to bring about an external change that will cause us to appear more and more like Him. After all, He’s our Father! 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NLT
Who do you look like? Who do others think you look like? Do you reflect God in your life? Do others see you or God? Are you the spittin’ image of the Father?