Peyson taught me a new way to look at holiness this morning. I need to explore it in greater detail but here's the gist: we need to get our Father to say of us, "That reminds me of me!" As Christians, we are called to conform to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29) who is the express image of God (Hebrews 1:3).
Kids do this to their dads all the time. Sometimes they do it on purpose, like when Aidan pretends to burp and then says, "Excuse me." Other times it's unexpected, like this morning when Peyson laughed at himself after he sneezed.
The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are qualities that should become more evident in our lives as we grow. They are evidence of becoming more like God as we walk with Him, study and love His Word, and fellowship with like-minded believers. When we show love to someone who doesn't deserve it, whether it's a person in another car who cuts us off on the highway or the tattooed woman on the street corner dressed in rags and asking for a little help, God looks at us and says, "That reminds me of me!" When we are overjoyed because someone else achieved a great victory in life, God thinks, "That reminds me of me!" When we share our lunch with someone and walk away more satisfied than if we'd eaten the whole thing ourselves, God marvels and says, "Yep. Reminds me of me." We should live our lives, trying to get God to say that of us more and more each day.
That's holiness in a nutshell. At least, that's the way I'm coming to understand it. Thanks, Peyson!