Several people over the years have said my sister and I look alike. We look at each other, look at the person and say, “Ok” not sure if we see what they see. But, Ok. Recently I posted a picture on social media and several people commented that I look like my brother! I compared pictures and believe it or not we all have some similarities and look alike! 🙂 Imagine that! Some children you look at and say, yep, you belong to so and so. Some children look more like their grandparents than their parents. My brother’s daughter and my daughter have gotten mistaken for sisters over the years. We all have physical features that link us to our family.
Genesis 1:27 and Ephesians 4:24 remind us that we are created in His image. His, being God’s, image. God created each of us. Later in verse 31 of Genesis 1, He looked over all He created and said, “It is good, it is very good.” He liked what He created.
God has many names, titles and wears many hats. He has so many I can not list them all. God is omni-everything. My human mind, heart and soul can not grasp the everyhingness of God. We aren’t meant to. He created us to be like Him, not be Him. He is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is everything to us. Wherever we are at, whatever situation, whatever oopsy we’ve got ourselves into or whatever joyful event we are thanking Him for, He is all of it.
I am fortunate enough to have several “brothers” in my life. I have my own brother (who is older 😉 ). Mark was the youngest of 4 boys, so I have 3 more older brothers. And I have several other “brothers in Christ.” Each one has their own qualities and annoyances! lol There are certain brothers I call for certain things. I seek out their wisdom and knowledge. I rely on them to help in different areas of my life. They love me and I love them. The same, and so much more, is with Jesus.
Ephesians 4:24 reminds me that as we are created in His image. We are a new creation, holy and righteous in Him. We are given Jesus to look up to as an example to live by. Jesus is our Big Brother. The One to look up to, confide in, to hang out with, to annoy ;). God sees us and smiles. He created us in Christ’s image. He sees the good, kind, giving, serving children He created. If our Father sees us that way, why can’t we. Why is it so hard to see ourselves through our Father’s eyes? Our Big Brother paved the way. He died so that I might be saved. Let the Holy Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes, put on our new self, created in and by God. We are created to be like Christ. Accept the gift He gave us to help and guide us to be more and more like our Dad (that would be God too!). He has placed people in our lives at the right time to provide what is needed. Along with those people, we have Jesus, 24/7/365. You don’t know what to do, look to Jesus. You’re not sure of who you are deep in our soul, look to Jesus. You don’t know which way to turn, look to Jesus. He is the ultimate best Big Brother. He is in our corner fighting for us all the way. Changing how you think, feel, make decisions, to become a new you is hard and difficult and has a daily learning curve. Philippians 4:8 encourages us to focus our mind, thoughts and desires on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely admirable, praiseworthy.
Being a sister of Christ and a daughter of God gives me a new mindset, a better, God-centered mindset. It’s a choice and decision that God allows us to make ourselves. I want to see me as God sees me. I want to see others as He sees others. I want to see through His eyes. I want to live as God is guiding me to live.
I want to grow up to be like my Big Brother. Who do you want to be when you grow up?
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.