I remember as a young boy my Dad taking me to get a haircut. When we walked into the shop the barber looked at me and then to my Dad and remarked, “You can never deny he’s your son.” There was a striking resemblance between father and son and it was expressed in more places than just a barbershop.
I always considered these comments to be a welcome compliment as I admired and cherished my father. However I now find overwhelming importance in the instructions to resemble, as best I can, the heart and spirit of the Father.
Read the words of Jesus as He taught the masses and the disciples,
“And do not call anyone on earth ‘father’,
for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”
Listen also to the historical verse found in the book of Genesis,
“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;”
male and female he created them.
If we are made in the image of God why can’t we live a life pleasing to Him? Impossible you say. Of course! Unfortunately that was decided a long, long time ago because of a devious serpent and a tempting apple. It is called sin.
In this earthly voyage as we navigate towards God’s eternal harbor of peace and rest, our journey will be filled with heavy seas and windy storms along with sunny days and peaceful waters. We must always keep the goal in view, like the sailor perched on a masthead, scanning the horizon for the long awaited land sighting.
By studying the true and inspired Word of God, by communicating with Him through heartfelt prayer and petition, by doing His work in an imperfect world and by seeking His presence in all matters before us, we will at least gain a small portion of His Fatherly approval. Never perfect but always striving.
It is the destination that makes the journey so worthwhile.
2 Samuel 16:14