Words from the Heart for Saturday July 9th, 2016
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
Watch a child walk behind their parent and a funny thing happens – they begin to mimic their parent’s behaviour. In the same way, Christians are called to imitate their Father who lavishes love upon His people. Is there a person in your life that models a life of love that you can imitate?
It appears that Canadians are sadly beginning to imitate the US when it comes to litigious activities – that’s a fancy way of saying suing each other. The experience of Windsor Ontario’s Lloyd Brown-John is case in point. In the market for a used car, he visited one dealer, kicked the tires and took a car for a test drive. He then visited another dealer, where he felt he got a better deal, and bought his car there. No sooner had he made that choice and signed a purchase agreement then he was served with a notice that he was being sued for failing to buy the car from the first dealer. The allegation was that he had failed to consider the original dealer’s used car in a fair and open manner. Brown-John won the case, but lawyers’ fees hurt.
Parents know that little children love to imitate their mom and dad. They watch carefully and start to use the same words and phrases that they hear mom and dad use. They may not even understand why they do this. They just know that loving parents want the best for them and so they copy them. In a spiritual sense, Christians are called to imitate our heavenly father. Ephesians 5:1-2 says “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” God is the perfect balance of truth and love. He cares for His creation and shows His love by providing for us and drawing close to us in good times and challenging. Just as Jesus loved us and gave Himself up for us, we are called to love Him and others in His name, by laying down His life for others. We sacrifice our time and talents, our finances and material blessings for the sake of others. What has Jesus done for you? Then imitate that and be His hands and feet in this world. It will cost you something, but the Creator of the world stepped out of the glories of heaven and went all the way to the Cross for us. All He calls us to do is step out of our comfort zone and into the lives of someone else for His sake.
These have been words from the heart.