Verse of the day.
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
Be imitators of God
Few things sound more daunting than the call to be like God. All of a sudden, our backs become straighter, our minds busy with all that is wrong with us and needs to be fixed. But God is not calling us to be perfectionists, He is calling us to be like Him. Perfectionism always falls short. We were not made to conform to the highest ideal of ourselves; we are made for something much greater.
As dear children
Children are the greatest copy-cats, especially those drawn to their parents. Whether consciously or not, that father-son resemblance begins to show. We are called to imitate God: not as actors or jesters but as children who are most loved; children whom He lovingly birthed and infused with His genes. And in Christ, He set forth the perfect example for us. So we must not fall short of learning Christ (Ephesians 4:20) seeing it is He who sets the perfect template of how to be like the Father – what He loves, we love; what He hates, He hates; we speak His words, replicate His actions; bear His name and His heart.
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However, you can only imitate and eventually become what you constantly behold. A major truth of the Christian faith is that it draws our eyes to God. The focus becomes God. But the problem many times is that we get so caught up looking everywhere but up. We would look down at ourselves, look around at others and look below at forces and circumstances, but not up. We easily make it about ourselves and at best reach for perfectionism, losing sight of the Higher Life.
Becoming like our Father
No one imitates or follows someone behind them or out of sight. That is the point! The whole idea of imitation is to have the subject/model constantly before you. Jacob expressed a degree of this Truth in (Genesis 30:25-43). He placed cut branches before the flock he catered for while they conceived, and their young ended up looking like the branches placed before them.
We become what we constantly behold
As God becomes our constant vision, intentionally and naturally, we find ourselves becoming just like Him.
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Father, I thank You for this high call. Help me keep You always before me. Be my vision every moment, every day.
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