We had just finished our last class of the morning for this year at one of the schools. It was the grade 6 class, and our last chance to share the Word of God with them ever at this school because exams start in a week or so. Although the children who are sponsored we will see again for different events between now and the end of this year, it will not be in a classroom setting. In February these students will begin high school should they decide to go.
Dale prayed over them before we left their classroom one last time. As we were leaving their teacher spoke up and admonished her students to show a little respect. Some of the children were talking while Dale was praying. They were distracted and not really listening. She basically told them that if they don’t have respect for God then they are not going to have respect for anybody. She went on to say that the way they were behaving was a reflection of their parents. Ouch!
I got to thinking about this… The Bible tells us in Genesis 1 that we were made in God’s image. So what are we reflecting to the people around us? Our family. Our neighbours. The taxi driver or motorcyclist who cuts us off in traffic. The clerk at Walmart. The people that we work with. Do they see someone who exhibits the fruit of the Spirit? Do they see someone who is patient, kind and good…or do they see the opposite? Someone who is easily angered, impatient, and mean? Could we like Paul, say to those around us “ And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ”..?( I Corinthians 11:1)
I think we have all heard the saying that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and it’s true. I see traits in myself that I see in my parents…not all of them are negative mind you, but honestly speaking I am not sure I would want people to follow me around and imitate me all the time. I have some bad habits that at least one of my kids have picked up on. For example… growling when I am annoyed or frustrated at certain circumstances. I was a bit floored the first time I heard my daughter do that and was about to reprimand her for the bad attitude when I realized…that’s me!! I am working on not doing that but some habits are tough to break. But all joking aside; should our lives not be a reflection of what is on the inside? And if Christ is in us, should others not see him in us? Whose image are we reflecting?
Ephesians 5:1 The Message Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behaviour from their parents.
Romans 8:29a For he knew all about us before we were born and he destined us from the beginning to share the likeness of his Son..
Proverbs 27:19 NLT As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.