Like Father, Like Son

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 Chronicles 1-3; John 5:25-47

25 “I assure you that the time is coming—and is here!—when the dead will hear the voice of God’s Son, and those who hear it will live. 26 Just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. 27 He gives the Son authority to judge, because he is the Human One. 28 Don’t be surprised by this, because the time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice. 29 Those who did good things will come out into the resurrection of life, and those who did wicked things into the resurrection of judgment. 30 I can’t do anything by myself. Whatever I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just. I don’t seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me. (John 5:25-30, Common English Bible).

My sister is in possession of a picture of my dad when he was a young man. You could take a picture of me, at the same age, and you couldn’t tell who was who except for the obvious age of the pictures. Even the tie my dad was wearing in his picture fits my taste in ties (I still wish I had that tie).

It has been more than 25 years since a day when I was pastor at Elwood United Methodist Church, a rural congregation outside Midway, Texas. We never did discover how it happened but several boxes in the garage got wet. In one of those boxes were several old photos of me. When our boys came in from school that day, we had several of those photos laying out in an attempt to dry them. Wayne picked up a picture of me. I was about 14 or 15 years old in the picture. Wayne was about the same age. He said, “I don’t remember taking this picture. When was it taken.” Well, son, you don’t remember it because the picture isn’t of you.

When I look at my grandsons, particularly the oldest, Kaleb, I instantly see the Broyles coming out in that young man (who now is about the age his dad was when discovering the picture of me at the same age).

I am a Broyles. I always have been and always will be a Broyles. I am the son of a Broyles who was as well. All the way back to 1520 when a man, my ancestor, Michael Bruelle (a change in the spelling to Broyles happened circa 1725 with immigration to North America) and even before.

Yes, I am a Broyles, the son of Johnnie Broyles and the father of Wayne and Christopher Broyles. NOTHING can change that. I can go to court and change my name. I will still, genetically, be a Broyles. I can change my name. I cannot change my DNA.

In today’s lesson, Jesus says much the same thing. “Just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.” The Father gave life to the Son. They share the same DNA.

Just as, at the same age my father, me, my son, and my grandson, all look alike, Jesus says, “…Whoever has seen me has seen the Father…” (John 14:9b). We know Jesus and the Father are one. Nothing can change that. Nothing will change that.

It is also important that we remember, we were created in the likeness and image of God (Genesis 1:26). I have spiritual DNA with my creator. I look like God. By that, I don’t mean God is a sixty-year-old, five-foot ten-inch, overweight Anglo guy whose hair is starting to thin and has a bit of gray in it.

Scripture tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8). When we see love, we see God. That also means, if I am born in the image and likeness of God when you see me, you should see love and you should see God. Unlike God, when you look at me, at least sometimes, you will see anyone and anything but God.

I can’t work on my physical DNA. Nothing will ever change it. But, with God’s help, I can work on my spiritual DNA. With God’s help, maybe when you look at me, you just might see love and get a glimpse of God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness (for the love of God I strive to be),

Copyright 2018, J. Keth Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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