Being a Child of God: Remember Who You Are
It is interesting to see the resemblance between a child and their parents. Equally as interesting are the characteristics that can be present in both parent and child, such as: mannerisms, expressions and even a sense of humor. In the same way that we see similarities between children and their parents, we should also see many similarities between God and His children.
First of all, we must learn that we are both a physical and a spiritual being. Genesis 1:26-27 says,
“Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
We are the only part of God’s creation that was given a spirit like His. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says, “then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”
Secondly, we must strive to have His same qualities. We are called to be holy. 1 Peter 1:14-16 says, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” We are to imitate God by showing love to others as He has shown love to us. Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “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.”
It truly is amazing to know that when we obey God and become His child, we become fellow heirs with Christ as it states in Romans 8:17. We have the humbling opportunity to call Him our Father as His adopted children as written in Romans 8:15.
One of the things that I can remember my parents telling me fairly often was to “remember who you are.” As children of God, we also need to keep our focus on “remembering who we are.” Let us all make sure we are imitating our Father and truly grasping the amazing privilege it is to bear His image.