Do You Have A Family Likeness To Your Heavenly Father?



This story made me really think about how much others are able to see God working through my life. It is true that someone is always watching what you do, and I want to make sure that the Holy Spirit is in control at all times. I don’t want the flesh to take charge and make me lose control in a way that could damage my Christian testimony.

I want to have a family likeness to my Heavenly Father so that others will want what I have and see that God wants to do something special in their own life.


After the death of Gustavus the Great, kind of Sweden, in 1632, the chief statesmen of the country met to decide the future government. Some proposed a republic. Others suggested the vacant throne be offered to the king of Poland. In the midst of the deliberations the Chancellor suddenly rose.

“Let there be no talk of a republic or of a Polish king,” he wrote, “for the Great Gustavus has left an heir, a daughter six years of age.” This was not generally known, and the statement was received with surprise.

“How do we know that this is not a trick of yours?” one inquired. “We have never seen this child; we were not aware that Gustavus had one.”

“Wait a minute,” replied the Chancellor, “and I will show you.” Leaving the room, he returned wth a little girl whom he placed upon the throne where only the rulers of Sweden might sit. The man who had expressed his disbelief pressed forward and gazed intently upon her face.

Then turning to the assembly, he said, “Comrades, I see in this child the features of the Great Gustavus. Look at her nose, her eyes, her chin; she is indeed the daughter of our king.” This was enough. Young as she was, they acclaimed her, “Christina, Queen of Sweden.”

As an heir of God and joint heir of Jesus Christ, you bear the image of our Lord…the family likeness.

As Christians, let’s make sure that we live up to that family likeness by being obedient to God and allowing Him to work in our lives to do a mighty work for His Kingdom.

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My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 – 1996), but I love connecting with Christians of all ages.  I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.