January 6–Family Resemblance

Our God does things in a BIG way when it comes to His children! Right from creation the LORD purposed that we would be made in God’s image. Sadly, our sin, our pride and self-centered choices damaged that likeness, and separated us from our intended, intimate relationship with our Creator. But that didn’t stop God! Through Jesus–His love, His humble life-sacrifice and His death-conquering resurrection–God’s purpose is able to be fulfilled in us as we choose to let God conform us more and more to the likeness of His Holy Son!

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness”. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female God created them.                     Genesis 1:1, 26a, 27

…to be conformed to the likeness of his Son…Romans 8: 29

Personal Reflections from Sylane                                                                         My maiden name is Roberts. My dad’s from Mississippi–and there is a whole slew of Roberts family down there. Many I don’t know. Others I’ve seen only a couple of times in my life. But, they really are related to me. And ever since I was little, I’ve been told that I have “That Roberts Look”. 

About ten years ago, my dad gave me an old photograph of my great-grandmother. It was startling how much I looked like her–someone I had never met. Someone I don’t know anything about. The resemblance in our images was undeniable–and just a tad bit strange. She was a stranger to me–yet we shared so many recognizable features. And we belonged to the same family.

What about my family resemblance to my Heavenly Father? It is God who made me. It is God who really knows me and has made Himself known to me through His Word, His Spirit and His Love.

It is my Heavenly Father who came for me in my brokenness. It is my Heavenly Father who saved me and comforted me and transformed me from being a child of abuse–to being a child of the King.

Do I look like Him? Are people able to tell whose family I belong to because I have “That Jesus Look”? Are God’s features, God’s characteristics–of love and compassion, grace and truth, wisdom and courage, peace and power–recognizable in me?

I hope so. I pray so.

After all, that IS God’s plan for me–and for all of God’s children–to be conformed to think and speak, act and live more and more like Jesus. God is still working His family resemblance-transformation in me. And He ain’t gonna stop on this side of Heaven. 

But,  Oh my!  It will be such a beautiful thing when God welcomes me to my Heavenly home and I recognize ALL my family members–from every nation and generation since the creation of this world. Our family resemblance will be absolutely remarkable. We will all have “That Jesus Look”! 

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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