What is more amazing is how adopted children grow to look like their families. Have you ever noticed it? It’s strange how, even though there is no blood relation, they grow to look like the family they love. I’ve actually said to a mother, “She looks just like you!” only to be told that the child is adopted.
I realized tonight in Bible class that this is how we as Christians are with God. The Bible tells us several times that we have been adopted into God’s family. Some of these verses are:
Ephesians 1:5 “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”
John 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
1 John 3:1 “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”
Just as adopted children grow to look like their adoptive families more and more, we will grow to look like God more and more. The closer we get to him, the more we will resemble him. The question is, how can we get closer to God?
1. We can talk to God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” I don’t believe this means that we are to kneel in prayer day and night. God expects us to get work done. We have to live life. We can’t spend every waking moment in prayer. I do believe this means that we should have a constant conversation with God. Though sometimes we need to stop and be still and talk to God, we can also talk to God throughout our day while we go about our lives. For example, did you lose your keys and then find them? Thank God! Did you get an unexpected bonus at work? Thank God! Did you see a car accident on the way to work? Ask God to be with those involved. Are you feeling nervous and tense? Ask God to help you through your day. Talk to him! He is a friend, and he is there to listen to you.
2. We can listen to God. This listening can be in the form of Bible study. Although a sit-down study session is great in theory, it doesn’t always happen. Even if you read only one scripture, it’s one more than you knew before! You can also hear God by listening to good music. Sign up for devotional emails. Talk to Godly friends. Sit and look at nature. These are all things that God can use to speak to you. Are you listening for him?
3. We can look for ways to share God. So many times, we run through life, just reacting to the situations that arise. When is the last time you planned to do something for God? I don’t mean agreeing to teach a Bible class because someone asked you. While that is still good, it is a reaction to their asking you. Instead, decide ahead of time how you will serve God tomorrow. Will you do a good deed? Maybe you’ll do something as simple as handing a bottle of water to a homeless person. Will you encourage someone? Just sending a card can make someone’s day. Will you let someone else see Christ through you? Making the decision to respond nicely to that person you know is going to be rude to you at work will change things. You never know.
As we talk to God, listen to God and look for ways to share God, we will become more godly. We are the adopted children of God, and we will grow to look more like him. Maybe we will be fortunate enough to overhear someone talking about us and saying, “She looks just like her Father!” -Al