The Spitting Image

You’ve heard it said many times, “He’s the spitting image of his father.” Whether they are referring to physical attributes or character, you trust the observation is intended as a compliment.
According to Genesis 1:26, God created man in His own image. He purposed that mankind would resemble Him in many ways. When trying to describe His image, it’s hard to know where to start, since there are so many facets and dimensions to Him. But the writers of the Bible makes it clear that God is love. We also find in Paul’s letter to the Galatians: “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23a).
When we look to Christ, the image of our old self passes away. Our new image is defined as a collection of His personality traits. Obviously, we cannot emulate his image with perfection, but we can do the best we can so those among us can identify who we are.
I sometimes ask, what do you add when you walk into a room?
• Do you add pleasure or discomfort?
• Do you add love?
Whatever change occurs to the room is a tangible representation of how your character has affected the person or people.
So the next time you come into the presence of others, the greatest compliment that you can get is when someone says, “You are the spitting image of your Heavenly Father.”

Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at