When we accepted the gift of salvation through faith, scripture tells us we have become “born again”. We now become a child of God.
That is the first step in our journey with Christ. After we have been born again, it is time to grow, mature and develop our faith. We need to take on a family resemblance. We have to become like Jesus.
Mothers often times hear people share how their daughter looks just like them, or that they look like their mom’s. Fathers will hear how their son looks or acts just like them, or how they are just like their dad.
I had that a lot growing up. “You look just like your dad” people would say. We have a lot of the same interests, the same mannerisms, and a lot of the same characteristics. That happened for a couple of reasons.
I am his child. As my father, it is just natural that I may pick up a character trait or two, as well as look, sound and act like him on occasion.
I spent a lot of time with him. Spending a lot of time with anyone, things such as speech, actions and values can start to become similar.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says “But we all, seeing the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, as in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.”
By experiencing Jesus’ presence, values, passion and characteristics through prayer, reading God’s Word, and the Holy Spirit, our lives start to be transformed so that we become more and more like Jesus. We start to take on a family resemblance.
When we spend time with Jesus, we become more like Jesus. This will allow others that don’t know Christ to get a more accurate impression of who Jesus is. Because we take on the family traits of Jesus, others who don’t have a relationship yet with Jesus (or those who are just getting started) can see, hear and experience what he is like, what he desires, and see something in us that they simply don’t get from the world.
In order to be like someone, you have to spend time with that person. I would encourage you to develop a routine (a discipline) of prayer and reading the Word. If you simply start with those two things, you will discover character traits that Jesus did that you can apply to help you with your spiritual growth (such as stewardship, fasting, serving, etc.).
To be like Jesus, you have to spend time with Jesus. The more you do that, the more you discover, and the more you discover, the more you can apply the same characteristics of Jesus into your life.