To be conformed to the image of his Son . . . (Romans 8:29)
In the Gospel of John Jesus tells us that he only does what He sees the Father doing. At another time he reminds us that He is about His Father’s business. (Luke 2:49) Literally, he must be in the things of my father.
The words of Jesus in Luke 2:49 are the first words recorded that are spoken by the Son of God. Jesus had a sense of direct sonship that was evident from the very beginning.
Jesus shows us perfectly what it means to be a son of the Father. It starts with an innate desire to be about the things of his Father. He has a consciousness of being a son from the very beginning.
If we are to be conformed to the image of Jesus, it starts with sonship. Being a son or daughter of the king takes precedence over everything else in terms of following in the footsteps of Jesus. It is the foundation of our life.
When you know your father, it is easy to be about your father’s business as some translations read. My father ran a business for years. It was difficult for him to hire and retain a foreman because they never did things the way he would have wanted them done. So, they did not last.
Unfortunately for my dad, none of us three sons had any interest in taking over his business. Management companies typically don’t provide the same level of care and interest than the owner of the business. I warned my father of this.
I saw firsthand what happened to our house that I grew up in. When we moved from Holland to Canada, dad sold the house and the business. The person who bought the house rented it out. Years later I returned to find it disheveled and run down. I knew my dad never would have kept it like that.
When our hearts beat with the same beat as our father we are in perfect sync. In the same way Jesus bids us to be in perfect harmony with the father as we conform to be more like Him. As we do, it will be natural to think like Jesus and do what we see the Father doing.
As we are conformed to the image of Jesus we look more and more like Jesus. When people see us, they should see Jesus, a perfect son of the Father. Then it is true what the Bible says, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)
By Ralph Veenstra