There was a time when I was 8 years old that my dad had to be away for a year for work. This was before Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Cell phones, and even email. We stayed in touch the old-fashioned way. Long-distance phone calls were expensive, so my dad’s calls were few and considered special family events. We mailed letters, photos, even cassette tapes (see photo if you don’t know what this is), where we recorded messages for my dad. My dad is a sentimental fellow, and he kept everything that he received from us. And, it wasn’t just during that year we were apart. I remember that he had a file, where he kept all his children’s homemade cards, letters, report cards, and awards.
My father’s sentimentality has not diminished over the years. Modern technology just made him more efficient at it. Lately, he has been sending me scanned photos of when I and my siblings were younger. We’re all married with kids now. When old photographs are passed around, there is always a comment from my dad about how so and so looks like this grandson or that granddaughter. I sometimes catch a glimpse of him, smiling at my daughter, and I could see it in his eyes … it’s as if he was transported back in time and playing with little me again.
Family resemblance is not just reserved for the outward appearance only. My daughter looks like me, but has my husband’s personality. Our son, Gabriel, is a good mix of both of us in external and internal characteristics. But what about beyond this earthly family? When I step out into the world, will they know that I am a daughter of the Almighty God? Will they say, “There is definitely a resemblance; it’s so obvious”? Or will they give a puzzled look and say, “Huh? Are you sure He’s your Father? We just don’t see it.” If we have been born again of the Spirit of God, then we ought to resemble Him.
A friend of mine once commented about her son that he gets a certain personality trait from his father. I remember at the time, thinking it was a strange thing to say since their son is adopted. But, I get it now. Resemblance is not merely biological. It can also be derived from considerable time spent together. How much time do we spend with the Lord? Time spent communing with God in prayer and meditating on His Word ought to transform us into increasing Christ-likeness. To this watching world, who will they say we are like? If you are a Christian, will others know immediately to what family you belong?
While he [Jesus] was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50)
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