My husband’s name is Tod. Our oldest son is named “Benjamin Tod” after his dad. When he was about four years old, I noticed he was sitting in the living room watching TV instead of picking up his room after an afternoon of playing “how many toys can I get out?”
In my best mom fashion, I called, “Benjamin Tod you better get in here now!” And in his usual playful fashion, his daddy said, “Uh. Oh. You’re in big trouble buddy.” To which, Benjamin replied, “You’re in trouble too. She said Benjamin Tod.” I guess our young son didn’t realized until then he was named after his father.
It makes me wonder about Christians and how many realize they too are named after their Father?
Of course, I’m not referring to our first, middle, or last name, as much as I am our character. In the beginning, God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26). In other words, God wanted others to see Him in us.
I have two boys and a girl. And each of them have characteristics like their dad. It’s not unusual at all to hear me say, “They’re acting just like you.” But isn’t that how it should be—both naturally or spiritually?
Jesus made two references to “Father-like” qualities all of God’s children should possess. In Luke 6:36, He said, “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” In other words, we should be actively compassionate just like our Father God.
In another place, Jesus said, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). A better translation reads, “…grow into complete maturity…” I like this because it reminds me that character evolves. If we only focus on perfection, we’ll never attain it. But as we grow and mature in our faith, it’ll only become natural to look like our Heavenly Father more and more.
And that is what Jesus meant when He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Any good that we possess should be attributed to the One whom we are made to reflect. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). The word excellence here is an extension of the word excel. And in the original Greek, this word in the scriptures was formed from two word: Ex and El.
Ex means out. It’s why we have signs above doors that say exit. It literally means “out it”—or we could say, “out (it) the door.”
The word El is the abbreviated form of Elohim, which is one of God’s names. So Ex and El, when put together as excel, mean “out God.” Or we could say, “show forth God.”
Each of God’s children have a great treasure within them. It is the excellence of God. It is His nature. And each of us were made to “show forth (or out) God.” And the best part is, it should come naturally. It’s in our DNA.
So as you go about today, make it a point to show off your Father. I’m pretty sure it’ll make