A couple of weeks ago, our church had a big kick-off for their upcoming Vacation Bible School. My husband and I took our two girls, and they had a blast!
One of the activities was a face-painting booth. The girl in charge of the booth asked my five-year-old if she wanted to get her face painted, and my little girl shook her head vehemently. She wanted no part of that. The three-year-old was game, though.
“What picture do you want painted on your face?” the girl asked.
Without missing a beat, my little three-year-old said, “Mommy.”
“Aw, how sweet! I’m sorry. I can’t draw your mommy, but how about a star?”
So we settled for the star.
Then, the face-painting girl looked at me and said, “That’s really a wonderful tribute to you.”
And the more I think about it, the more I absolutely agree. My little girl wants to look like me more than anything else. 🙂
But that also reminded me of how we are supposed to want to look like our Heavenly Father more than anything else. We’re created in His image, but we’ve gotten so far away from our original design because of sin that it’s hard for us to even imagine that it’s possible for us to look like Him. Except it is…
He’s made it possible by giving us His Son, Yeshua.
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers,” Paul tells us in Romans 8:29 (NIV).
We, as Christians, should want to look like Yeshua…but even more than that, the Holy Spirit is working inside us to make sure that we do grow to look like Yeshua. What does this look like? Paul gives us a glimpse in his letter to the Galatians. The “fruit” (work) of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (5:22-23).
Ultimately, though, Yeshua showed total obedience to the Father – total surrender. And He laid down His life for all of us. That’s what it means to look like Yeshua in the very purest form of imitation: surrender and sacrifice. Neither one of these are easy things to do, but they’re absolutely crucial if we’re going to be who God wants us to be.
Most likely, my daughter won’t have to surrender or sacrifice to look like me. I think she’ll grow to look more and more like me as she gets older because she looks quite a bit like me now, as does her older sister. My main job now is to lead them to want to look like Yeshua more than they want anything else, and I pray every day for that to happen.