“Therefore, be Imitators of God, as Dear Children.” Ephesians 5:1
Something he, himself, loved to do with his own father growing up, which is revealed at the end…
He began sharing his passion for fishing with both his children at a very young age, practically before they could walk.
Here is Brian with his oldest son, Owen, when he was young. The same son pictured in the first picture above.
Doesn’t God do the same with us?
The moment we can begin “to understand?” after our New Birth we ARE in a relationship of Father and Son.
He begins to share his heart and passions for us and with us?
As dear children, to imitate means: 1. To use or follow as a model. 2. To copy the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech …
As they grew, I had to smile, for my son’s little guys looked just as he did as he fished with his dad…. “full of wonder”…
“being taken out of their comfort zone to learn how to handle the hook (scarey)”…
or to “handle a fish wiggling in their hands” (oh yuk)…
how to “face their fears of bringing in the fishes” (oh my)
or to “be still and know” that eventually a fish would bite. (takes patience you know).
But my little grandsons did it. Why? Because their “daddy taught them how” and ” he loved fishing” and his “passion was being shared” with them.
He knew the not-so-pleasant part of fishing, would lead into the good part: the catching of fish! The joy… the excitement… the wonder… of bringing them in! (think spiritually of these past few paragraphs now, if you haven’t already…)
“Not yet, son, he has to have his hook set in deeper, before we can pull that one in… soon that fish will be ready for drawn in. He’ll struggle somewhat first..this will actually hook him sounder, when he realizes its really of no use. That your passion to hook him is greater than his to pull your string or struggle to get away.”
Yes….indeed… let’s look at that simple phrase again: “Therefore be imitators Of God as dear children.”
Let’s realize the relationship of a child to their father. We, are God’s, children. Deeply loved, for ourselves, just as my son loves his sons. But he is showing them HIS WAYS, so they can choose to imitate him or not.
It is said that imitation is the highest, most sincerest form of flattery, so indeed good fathers rejoice that their children learn from them, and follow in their mannerisms, their interests, their principals, etc.
Do you want to make God happy? Most of us would say, YES!!! Of Course!
He is your Father. So….
Make Him happy, by imitating him!
It makes us Dear, to him! (smile)
I know this is a simple devotional, but sometimes simple is best. (smile)
Imitate your DADDY, GOD, and give him GREAT JOY!
And He will impart things to you, you never dreamed… just by “watching Him”…observing “His Ways”…seeing how He treats people with love… etc.
Know His Words. Listen to His Voice speak to your heart. Spend time quietly with him… as these boys are doing alongside their daddy.
He is continually instructing, and showing you, HOW to do things, if you’ll only pay attention. (smile)
May we ALL be imitators of our wonderful heavenly FATHER!
He is WORTHY of our imitation!
for they are ONE.
hmm… does that statement I just made remind you of someone, named Jesus?
…imitating His Father and he is himself God?