Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. (Heb. 13:15)

“SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU,” we say to the new mom. And as the child grows we might say, “She obviously takes after you with that attitude!” Often this is how we know, beyond the birth certificate, that a child really is the product of her parents. Genetically speaking, certain characteristics are encoded within each of us, passed down to us from our parents. We don’t have to try to emulate these things because they’re written in our DNA. Our physical looks and individual mannerisms are often just a reflection of our genetics.

When we look in the mirror, we see the physical evidence that we are part of our earthly mother and father. But when we hold our heart up to the mirror of God’s Word, does the reflection bear witness to our heavenly lineage? Jesus’ DNA is revealed through qualities and attitudes like humility, service, sacrificial love, generosity, contentment, praise, and joy. The world will know who our Father is without needing a piece of paper to show it. Our actions and attitudes will testify to our heritage far more than our words ever will.

Every time we look in the mirror, may we be reminded of who we belong to, who our eternal Father is, and who we are called to represent. Whose DNA are we reflecting today: ours or His?

Prayerfully ask God what attitudes and actions in your life could better reflect His character.

Rebecca Aarup studies at Liberty University and enjoys leading small groups in her church and mentoring other women.