Thursday, October 18, 2012

Imitating?

     Who are we, as believers, called to be?
     Ephesians 5:1-2, "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and grave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." 
     We are called to be imitators of God. And we can't just read verses 1-2 without noticing the 'therefore'... back up a little in Ephesians 4 and we see it ending with, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you." 
     We are called to forgive, as Christ forgave and to be kind and compassionate.
     Does this describe your life? How are you living right now? Are you being an imitator of Christ?
     Can someone look at you and say, "Wow, they have something different about them."?
     Are you kind? Compassionate? Forgiving?
     This is who we are believers, as followers of Christ Jesus, are called to be.
     Lately I've been asking myself who I've been imitating...and often the answer comes back that I'm not imitating Christ like I should be.
     It's so easy to fall into the trap and temptations of this world. But we're to be 'in the world and not of it'. (Romans 12:2, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.")
     To be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
     Our hearts and mind should be solely focused on how we can be serving Christ, how we can be imitating Him.
     What's your focus?
     Who are you imitating?

...just my thoughts of the morning. :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

A friend who won't change.

     Friendships.
     They come in all sorts of forms... We make new friends, lose friends, become distant from other friends. It's life.
     I've had a lot of friends go separate directions in life, and I've grown apart from them. I've also made new friends, some whom I have grown quite close to. But friendships are always changing.
     People grow up. People change. People get into relationships. People...are people.
     Sometimes it's really hard to lose a friend or to become slowly distant... sometimes it's easy to feel like there's no one you can really depend on. Someone who WON'T leave, who will NEVER fail you, who will ALWAYS be there for you...
     Is it impossible to find someone like that?
     No one on this earth can guarantee to be that person for you.
     But there is someone who can.
     Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
     He is the same. Yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
     He is ALWAYS there.
     He is ALWAYS faithful.
     He is ALWAYS watching over me.
     He will never leave me.
     Even when I 'spit in His face' even when I continually stray away from the path of His will...He ALWAYS forgives.
     Wow. I mean WOW. Even though I knew what I was going to write about when I first started this post, even as I right...I'm just...amazed. Really and truly amazed and awed and humbled and ...yea. :D
      Friends come, friends go... but God will never leave me nor forsake me.
      The day I turned from my sins and accepted Christ into my life, was the best day of my life. Forever changed. Forever in love with an unchanging God! :D :D :D
     "I the Lord do not change..." (Malachi 3:6)
   
     It's all too easy to forget how faithful God is... it's easy to feel we've hit the end of our rope and we're alone in our own little world. Like we've hit rock bottom and there's not way out. But God is also faithful in reminding us, continually, of His faithfulness...how awesome is that?!?!

     And with that, I shall sleep tonight with a grin on my face because I KNOW I have the God of yesterday, today and forever in my heart. WH00T! :D