You must be Fred’s son…you look just like him!
John 13:35 New International Version (NIV)
35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I can’t tell you the times in my life when someone has come up to me and said, “You must be Fred’s son.” It is usually someone who knew my dad well, some farmer or cattleman who had spent time with him at the livestock market or the feed store. It used to be the eyes. Now it’s more likely the bald head! But they can tell by looking…I look like my dad!
You’ve probably had that happen as well! How many times has someone come up to you and identified you as the son or daughter of your mother or father based on the fact that you look like them? Maybe they say something like, “You have your mother’s eyes,” or “Your smile is just like your father’s.”
John 13:35 is a simple instruction from Jesus to love one another.
So in the same way, when we are doing what this verse says – namely, loving other people – we “look” like God. It could be that someone else will notice this and say something about it: “You must be a Christian, because you’re loving like Jesus would,” or, “I can tell you’re a Christian. You look just like Jesus.”
Or maybe, or quite possibly even probably, others won’t “say” anything. But they’ll notice. And they’ll know.
You have your Father’s heart.
Hey...I'm HB. I'm the youth minister here at PVUMC.