But I’d hate to hear this: “He doesn’t look like his Father.” Notice the capital “F.” I mean the “heavenly Father.”
Did you know that all of us, regardless of our race, size, age, sex, hair, skills, etc., are “made in the image and likeness of God”? Look at yourself in mirror, and whisper: “I bear a strong resemblance to God!”
You do. You are made in His image. You reflect His glory, just as the moon reflects the glory of the sun. It has no light in itself, but how gorgeous it is when when it is bathed in the light of the sun!
You will live forever, just like God. And you have the power to give life, and to take it away.
You’re awesome. But with awesome power comes awesome responsibility.
Some of you have been on naval vessels, and some have been on beautiful cruise ships. Those magnificent, huge pieces of floating steel are turned by a comparatively small blade called the rudder. That small thing can be turned too quickly, or too far, and instead of the massive ship sliding smoothly up to the edge of a pier, it can crash broadside and destroy itself or its mooring.
And the Bible compares the tongue to the rudder of a ship. Translation: that small tongue can destroy a beautiful life, or it can steer a life over a successful voyage.
What power we god-like creatures have! With our tongues we can discourage, dishonor, lie, undermine, publish filth, mock, ridicule, exagerate error… literally destroy a beautiful person who was made in the image of God.
Or, with the same tongue, we can praise, encourage, forgive, set free, let off the hook, admire, compliment, embrace, love… and guide a person made in the image of God into the greatness he/she is capable of.
We have that much power! Because we, too, are made in God’s image and likeness.
The best way to resemble your Father is to show the same kind of forgiveness and love toward others that He has shown toward you. Were you forgiven much? Then forgive much. Do you have secrets He helped you hide? Then help others hide theirs.
Be like God.
You were made to be. Don’t waste His great plan.