Pondering on ways in which we are called to Imitate Christ. I spend a lot of time reading so I can better learn how to put Christ into action everyday. I am still learning. It’s a challenge.
Christ loves unconditionally and He served lovingly.
He’s heart was grieved on several occasions, He’s body was broken by the very people He came to serve, He was betrayed by one of His friends, another friend denied any knowledge of Him – just a few pointers to put His journey into perspective. Christ certainly didn’t have an easy road.
“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 (Message Version)
If we are to imitate Him, as we are called to to do, best we take small steps on a daily basis, knowing that we are going to also not have an easy journey, but it’s OK – the creator of the universe is on our side just the same. Whatever we face, He already faced and walked victorious. Believe it or not Jesus gets us in a very detailed and intimate way. The whole “been there done that”, saying at a new level with Him and it comes with greater comfort then any other being can offer.
I have spent a few days pondering on opportunities that arise in which we are to serve our brothers and sisters. Whoever they are, regardless of religion and color and/or race. We are called to love. Love will be the reason we serve, with no hidden agenda.
A few months ago we needed some assistance with building something. The skills and tools required we didn’t have. I’m sure if we tried we could have made something up – as we do, but it just wasn’t part of our skill set as there were many obstacles and safety hazards to consider. We approached a friend. He had the right skill set, and all the required materials at hand. He was part of the kingdom, living life to serve Christ. He not only helped build, but he came with a fantastic solution that we hadn’t thought of, which we were totally grateful for. He simply took the time to listen and help, and do what he does best, build! It was a huge stress and pressure off us to know that the job was going to get done. Little did we know that a bit later an opportunity would arise to serve our brother with the skill set that God has given us. We took the project on – knowing we’d be pushed as we always are because that’s life. But we had an opportunity to give back and serve. We didn’t have to, just the same as he didn’t have to a few months back. But we did. Love was shared among God’s people, that must make Him smile.
The last few hours I am left pondering on the actions of both parties. The importance of giving with a grateful heart. It’s more then the act of financial giving. See we all have a special skill set to work together to build His kingdom.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”
Romans 12: 4-6
Jesus came to serve. His heart is for His people to work in unity with one another. That includes each and everyone. Jesus didn’t check to see if one was a believer, the right color, the right nationality or anything of that nature! (Galatians 3:28)
He simply saw people and met the need. He was able to see them through eyes of love, regardless of their past, their sin, their anything really. Regardless! He offered them all the same grace, as He does today.
Everyone of us has a special skill set! It’s our gift, our talents. We ALL have it. What we do with it is where the crunch really is. Jesus went about daily doing what His Father needed Him to do. Even in the moments of heart ache – He said, “not my will but yours be done”.
We are faced with opportunities everyday to serve with the same heart and the same Spirit. We have a special skill set that no one else does. Others have a special skill set that we are to draw from. I mean at the end of the day we are all in this journey for the same purpose right, to see His kingdom come, on earth, as it is in heaven. Seriously what does that really mean for us? For you personally? Maybe it’s time to check our inner selves and start to be Christ with everything He has gifted us with on a daily basis. So glimpses of heaven is seen by those needing proof that Christ exists. Trust me, there’s many out there who are searching. We live in desperate times, just open the daily news, you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Now don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying you are to become a floor mat for people as there’s a need to look after ourselves, what I’m saying is graciously consider opportunities in which we can serve, love and ultimately choose to imitate Jesus. Don’t think of how much you’re losing or sacrificing, when you’re in the right place, doing what God needs you to do, God will provide everything you need for His glory.
Jesus took the cross – ultimate sacrifice on our behalf! We can choose to offer glimpses of that love to people everywhere, everyday.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.”
If the above scripture is true for you today, then maybe what it means is that through His love, the gifts (skill set) He has specifically given you, by faith, it will bring hope to a world that desperately needs it.
Let us do what we know best to do,with the gifts He has given us, and with it, be a light in this world. Loving just as Christ has loved us first. Serving as we are called to serve. Not an easy task. Jesus knows a lot about difficult tasks, so I think He has our back!
Live by Faith.