This morning, I had the privilege of preparing Logan, Collin and Cody with their dad Brady for the baptism that we’ll have on July 8. We talked about faith, salvation, baptism and a number of other important subjects to ensure they were ready. One of the subjects was “what should be true in a believer’s life after salvation.” After salvation, there should be some kind of transformation, because the unbeliever transforms into a believer, a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).
I illustrated to the boys with a simple example. I said if the three boys came into my office and took the pictures and objects and threw them against the wall, I asked them if would they be reflecting their dad or someone else. Collin immediately said, “The devil.” (He’s going to be a pastor some day!) I said, “That’s right, because your dad would never do something like that. When you are respectful of other people’s property, you are reflecting your dad, who is in the place of God, and not the devil.” I went on to say that if a believer did come in and destroyed the office, they would be reflecting what the devil does, because he comes to murder and destroy. It’s often a reality that believers act like their former father the devil, rather than their heavenly father (cf. 1 John 3:7-8).
Jesus was confronted by Jews who wanted to kill Him for claiming that God was His Father. Rather than defend Himself, He said, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” (John 10:31) Obviously, His works reflected the Father and not anyone else.
Whom do you reflect in your works (your life)? Do you reflect one who is devoted to, pursuing and enjoying the Lord Jesus Christ? Or do your works (your life) reflect something other than one pursuing the Lord? Press ahead to Him in His upward calling (Phil. 3:14).