2 Corinthians 4:6: For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
I don’t know if anyone has ever told you that you look like someone else. Supposedly each of us has seven people who resemble us throughout the world. I’m happy to report that four of my look-alikes live in this area, so I have three to go to find them all. These guys are called Charlie, David, Frank and John. I know this because four times someone I didn’t know came up and called me by one of those names. I was at Wolf Trap several years ago and a man came up looking very excited. “Charlie?” he said.
“I’m sorry, but my name is Dan,” I told him.
His face fell and he shook his head. “You sure do look like him,” he muttered. I felt bad for him, but there was nothing I could do.
I apparently looked (and sounded) like Jimmy Stewart when I was younger, and someone told me recently that I sounded like Garrison Keillor. I’ll take that.
Then there are people who resemble well-known figures. There’s a woman who comes into Ashton Diner who looks like Amelia Earhart in her thirties. Since I like aviation, I find this very exciting. Then we were at a wedding reception last year when I saw a woman who looked like Meryl Streep.
I went up to her and asked, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Meryl Streep did twenty years ago?”
She rolled her eyes and then smiled and said, “Only everybody, everywhere I go, but thank you for saying that.” I think I made her day.
When I was in college there was a fellow about twenty years old who looked like Abraham Lincoln during his presidency. We weren’t sure he knew this until he got up at a forum to speak and started out, “Four-score and seven years ago…”
The room went wild. Several people around me turned to each other and exclaimed, “He knows! He knows!” It was a special moment.
The point of all this is there is someone we should resemble, and that person is Jesus Christ. We are called to grow in Christlikeness, and of course that doesn’t mean physically. We who have seen the face of Jesus should practice love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, which are of course the fruit of the Spirit. I pray that each of us may, with the help of the Spirit, speak the truth in love, and grow in every way to resemble Him who is the head—Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.