For most of my childhood into my early teens, I was puzzled when asked by strangers, “You are a Wright, aren’t you?” More often than not, the question was followed by a variation of the statement, “I do not know you; you must be one of the younger ones but I knew your _____ (insert name of one of my siblings).” Why was I puzzled? I could not understand what the strangers saw in me which revealed my family ties. That was until the day I looked at one of my siblings and saw my cheekbones and eyes in her face. Family resemblance. Mystery solved.
Most of us have physical features, mannerisms, behaviors similar to our families of origin, sometimes even going back a generation or two. Want to know another fact about families? Even if you are reading this and you are not one of my many biological siblings, we are family members: God’s. Even when our behaviors say otherwise, even when we question our salvation, we are His. We are not impostors in the vein of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who for years pretended to be a member of the wealthy Rockefeller family, and called himself, “Clark Rockefeller.”
It is true there are times when our resemblance to our Heavenly Father may be so slight, we cannot answer with a resounding yes, the question, “If you were put on trial for being a Christian, will there be enough evidence to convict you?” Even then, we are still His children and He continues to do what He predestined, that is, conform us into the image of His Son. The Family resemblance may not always be evident and others may question that we are members of His Family. He never does. Let us take our cue from Him. We are His.
“But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law, so that He might redeem and liberate those who were under the Law, that we [who believe] might be adopted as sons [as God’s children with all rights as fully grown members of a family]. And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6, AMP)
“Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory]. And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).” (1 John 3:2-3, AMP)