Who Do You Look Like?

Who do others say you look like?

It’s funny sometimes how dog owners can look like their dogs. Physical features, personalities and temperaments are often similar. We all know someone where this is true. Perhaps it’s true for you and your canine. Data confirms that many owners and their dogs do look-alike. An article in the Canine Corner dated 8/7/13 written by S. Coren, PhD, states there is a psychological mechanism which explains why people pick dogs that look like them. The answer is familiarity. We like things that are familiar.

I believe data would also confirm that the more familiar we are with the teachings of Christ, the more likely we are to look like Him. Not physically of course, but in how we live out our lives. While it is certainly okay to resemble our dog, it is obviously much more important to look like Jesus. After all, we were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). The more familiar we are with our Creator and the teaching of His Word the more likely His love, mercy and grace will shine through us. The Bible says in Colossians 3:9-10, 12 that as believers, we have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator…therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly beloved, we should clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. The new self should look like Jesus.

Do your co-workers say that your life bears a resemblance to the life of Jesus? If so, could it be because you’ve spent time with Him, clothed yourself with His character traits and made it your aim to be His hands and feet in service to others? I believe the greatest compliment a Christian can receive is for someone to say, “You look like Jesus”.

Our workplace Challenge is to ensure our lives reflect the life of Christ at work. Spend more time with Him so that you can look more like Him. Put on His characteristics, the greatest is love. Paul writes “All of us who have had that veil removed (by Christ) can see and reflect the glory of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:18). Let others see Jesus in you and make today count for His Glory!