Sunday, August 9, 2009

Imitate God the best you can

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 , 1 Kings 19:4-8, Psalm 130, Psalm 34:1-8, Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2, John 6:35, 41-51

God loves all of us. He daily forgives us for our sins. He provides for our needs. He walks with us and helps us through our struggles. He puts a hedge of protection around us.

The question becomes do we offer the same comfort to our fellow man? Can someone say that you love everyone? Can someone say that you are forgiving? Can someone depend on you as a provider? Can people say you are helpful during times of despair? Can someone acknowledge that you are a protector?

On this day, let us evaluate ourselves to see where we are in our roles as children of God. It is proven that children imitate their parents, no matter how hard they rebel against that fact. We look like our parents and we adopt many of their mannerisms because they have the most influence in our lives.

This leads to another set of questions: Why do we not adopt the ways of our heavenly Father? Why do we rebel against God's influence on our lives so easily? Could it be because we do not see God with our physical eyes?

It is hard to love everyone in a world that suggests it is healthy to be cynical and distrusting. It is hard to protect those who have done harm to others. It is hard to provide for folks when your personal resources are limited, thus it is also hard to help others when you are struggling. It is hard for us to forgive those who have transgressed against us without any remorse.

However, if we are to be true servants of God, we have to be true imitators of God. We have to adopt the ways of our Father, not just to be nicer to others, but to gain the favor we are on earth to attain, and that is the favor of God.

God is love. We are His children. We need to be about love as well. It is the greatest commandment for us to adhere to. If we set it in our minds to imitate God, our spiritual strength will help us achieve this lofty goal. Have faith, and watch God work within us to make us more like Him.