by Rev Joel Yong
Imitate God, since you are the children he loves.
I remember when I first saw Andrei Kanchelskis play. He flew down the wing for Manchester United. Before there was Beckham on United’s right wing- there was Kanchelskis.
I was inspired. I tried to play like him the next time I played football with my friends. I even wore a long sleeved shirt (he wore a long sleeved United jersey) even though it was equatorial heat I was playing in.
I wanted to be like him.
But that was before I learnt to love Jesus.
That was before I heard of His amazing love for me.
So if I love Jesus- then I must desire to imitate him. And in a greater way than when I desired to imitate Andrei Kanchelskis!
The Scripture says we are children He loves. That is the driving reason for us to imitate Him. He is the Father who loves us and we are safe in Him and treasured in Him.
My kids imitate me in my mannerisms and the way I put my hands together when I am waiting for something.
It’s inevitable- they spend so much time with me.
And if we spend much time with God- as children following our Father- yes imitating Him will become a natural consequence.