This past weekend we went for dinner at a family’s home from our church. We have known them for many years, but have not spent considerable time with them. We had a delightful time. I especially enjoyed their seven year old son who: -showed me His picture Bible (David & Goliath is his favorite story), -asked me to guess who His favorite super hero was (it starts with G, ends with D and has an O in the middle), and -offered to cook me a fried egg before we left! *smile* (yet another reason why ministry is the best job in the world!)
I also enjoyed chatting with the wife. I love hearing people’s stories and listening to them share about what is going on in their life. As she was talking, I became somewhat distracted by her mannerisms. The way she paused as she spoke, some of her facial expressions, even the way she phrased the words were familiar to me. I began to think, “You remind me of someone.” It didn’t take long for me to put two and two together. She was acting just like her best friend, another lady from our church who I know much better and have spent more time with. Sure enough, she was acting just like her! As I continued to listen to her, I wondered why the similarities were so striking. The main reason I could think of is because they spend a lot of time together. As best friends, they are in tune with each other and have obviously rubbed off on each other. So much so, that they have even begun to imitate one another. Amazing!
That got me to be wondering – would anyone ever say I reminded them of Jesus? Are my mannerisms at all like Christ’s? Do I speak like He does? When people see me, do they see Him? Have I spent enough time with Him as my best friend that I am in tune with how He reacts and responds to people? Am I in tune with His Spirit that is alive in me or am I more in tune with my flesh? Ephesians 5:1-2 says . . .
As we spend time with Jesus, He rubs off on us and the natural result is that we begin to copy Him and follow His example. Our lives become an imitation of His life. This is the work He loves to do in you and me. His job is to transform us, our job is to cooperate with the process.
Father, I want to imitate you. I don’t want my life to be a cheap imitation, but the real deal. As I follow Your example, help me to walk in love. May I be like Jesus in all my interactions with others. I want my life to be a sweet fragrance to you, so that when people observe my life they say, “You remind me of someone . . . it must be Jesus”. In His Name and for His sake, Amen
Your Friend in Ministry,