Do you flatter God in all that you do?

August 17, 2021

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
(Ephesians 5:1 (ESV))

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that is so, do you flatter God when you say a few choice words that you know you shouldn’t say? Do you flatter God when you simply think those words? Do you flatter God when you are less than honest with your spouse or children? Do you flatter God when you have business dealings that are less than honest?

Do you flatter God when…

Each of us have things in our lives that are less than desirable. We imitate those that we are around. We tell off-color jokes because we know that they will get a laugh. We change our behavior to match the groups of people that we are with. The only thing that any of this imitates is the world. Is that truly what you desire to have visible to those around you, and is that what you want God to see when He looks at you?

If “Christian” means “little Christ,” are we truly living up to that name? Are we imitating Jesus or are we simply mocking Him with our words while our actions say something different? Is there anything in your life that is less than Christlike? We know that when Jesus walked the earth, He imitated the Father.

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
(John 5:19 (NIV))

By imitating Jesus, we are also imitating the Father.

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
(3 John 1:11 (NIV))

We are told to imitate what is good. Jesus clearly states that only God is good, so we are to imitate God.

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
(Mark 10:18 (NIV))

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, do you flatter God in all that you do?

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If God loves, how can we do any less?

February 12, 2020

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (NASB))

All of our understanding of the ways of God are nothing. We cannot fully comprehend His wisdom, majesty and grace with our limited ways of understanding. How can a car know what the engineers who designed it were thinking? How can a computer software know what the software developers were thinking and planning? How can we, as the beloved creation of God, fully comprehend what His plans are?

One day, we will be able to understand, but that day is not going to happen in this world as we know it. All that we can do is have faith, hope and love. Faith that God will see us through all that we must face. Hope for salvation and a better life to come. Love for those around us, for they too are creations of God, and are equally loved by God the Father. He loved us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die so that we could have salvation.

God does not just love you and I, He loves everyone!

If God loves, how can we do any less?

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