When Trey, Janelle, Emily and Kole came to see us last fall, we planned a full day of fun. On one day, we took them to the Music City Mall in Odessa and went ice skating. It was so much fun! And so much work! Holding up little ones on their ice skates while you’re trying to keep yourself vertical at the same time is a workout!
That evening I posted a selfie of Em and myself on Facebook, I got so many comments saying that Em looks just like me. They noticed that we have the same smile and the same eyes. I must say, those comments made me very happy and proud.
Em does have some of my characteristics. Aside from my smile and my eyes, she’s adventurous like me. She likes to be outside, she loves salt and she loves to go to church. Some of the same things you find in me, you’ll find in her. Part of the reason Em is the way she is and looks the way she looks is because she’s my granddaughter. She comes from me through my son. We’re family.
As children of God, we come from God the Father through Jesus His Son. Therefore, it makes sense that we would be developing His characteristics. We should share His traits.
Philippians 1:11 NLT says, “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation – the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”
How can you tell that you’re saved and on the right track? It’s evident from “the fruit of your salvation”.
What is the fruit of your salvation? It’s what salvation produces in your life. When you get saved, there is an evident change in your character. Salvation produces the character of Jesus. When you get saved and surrender your life to Christ, you begin to take on the characteristics of Jesus Christ through His Spirit living in you. Your thoughts and actions become more like His as you grow and become the new person He wants you to be. You become a reflection of Jesus.
What are some of the characterstics of Jesus? He loves people. He is kind. He is compassionate. He is unselfish, loyal, dedicated, long-suffering and understanding. He has the ability to make you feel special and favored. (because you are)
These are just a few of the characteristics of Jesus that are present in the life of the believer. Some are more evident than others as we grow and mature in the the Lord. It’s a process. And we’ll be in this process of growing in the characteristics of Jesus until we reach Heaven.
The characterestics that Jesus has are the nuts and bolts that helped Him fulfill His purpose on this earth. Our characteristics are the daily things that help us fulfil our purpose as well. We’ll be able to fulfill our purpose if we’re unselfish, dedicated, loyal, long-suffering and if we love people.
We have opportunities to display those characteristics in day to day life. And it’s the day to day choices we make that either keep us on the path of purpose or cause us to go astray.
When you’re choosing how to act or react, ask yourself, “Is this characteristic of Jesus? Is this how Jesus would act? Is this what Jesus would choose?” Then let the fruit of your salvation – the characteristics of Jesus – lead you further down the path of purpose. When you do that, you will touch many lives and “bring much glory and praise to God.”
God has a plan and a purpose for your life. Make wise choices today that lead you further down that path tomorrow.