Recently while I was at work, my wife, Hillary, was browsing through some old photos that we had stored. When I arrived home, she handed them to me and drew my attention to one in particular. She pointed out how she thought that our son, Jack, looked like me when I was about his age. I gazed at the photo. It was a picture of my dad carrying me on his shoulders when I was around a year old.

Feeling nostalgic, I decided to share it on Facebook. People began commenting how much Jack looked (or didn’t look) like me, and how much I looked like my dad. After seeing a comment that suggested I take a matching photo with Jack, I decided to oblige and then put the two side-by-side. The similarities were surprising. Jack’s eyes and chin were almost identical to mine from my younger picture. My facial structure in the recent picture closely resembled my dad’s in the old.

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This caused me to ponder how children, as they grow, tend to become more like their parents in many ways—their looks, their habits, and perhaps even their speech.

When we become Christians, we are given the title, “children of God.” Consequently, we should be growing to become more like Jesus. This is how our “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) DNA is wired. Romans 8:29 states, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (ESV)

When others look at your life, are they able to say that your character looks more like Christ’s, every day? Are you growing to become more like your Creator in word and deed?

As we spiritually mature, may we always remember this command in Ephesians 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (ESV)

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

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