Morning Coffee with Jesus - January 7, 2010
Greetings loved ones!
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from 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 gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to have a long talk with my daughter - something we have not done in a while because both of us have allowed “life” to keep us busy. During our discussion, we shared our New Year’s resolutions – those things we are hoping to achieve in 2010. At the completion of our discussion, I reminded her that she is dearly loved. I told her that because she is dearly loved I would do all that I could to help her achieve her goals for this year. There will be some sacrifices of resources on my part – mainly my time and my money but that is a very small thing when it comes to your child and wanting them to succeed. Irrespective of that, we are both excited about making the necessary lifestyle changes to achieve our goals!
In the above scripture, we are reminded that we, too, are dearly loved children. Our heavenly Father gave of Himself for us. God wants us to succeed in all we do. Often times, however, we don’t pay attention to His instruction, we think we know it all, end up going off course and coming back to Him with bumps and bruises because we strayed. If we practice being an imitator of God, the roads we travel would certainly be less bumpy!
What does it mean to be an imitator of God? It does not mean we possess the divine attributes of omniscience, omnipresence, or omnipotence. It does mean we seek to possess the same attributes as Jesus: we hate evil, we seek righteousness and justice, we are merciful, kind, gracious, and loving, as an example. For me, choosing one attribute and focusing my attention on developing it would be a great thing to do in 2010!
How about you? What attribute would you choose to work on in this year? Now is a good time to think about working towards being more like Christ. It is about denying the flesh and allowing the Holy Spirit to show you areas of your life that need surrendering to God so He can do His work. Dying to Christ is better than living for self.
My daughter and I are working on our goals together. As we discuss the “ups and downs” associated with achieving our goals it requires speaking, listening, understanding and encouraging. Both of us are focused on achieving our goals and with the support of each other, I know we will do fine. Imagine how wonderfully you will progress in becoming more like Christ with the Holy Spirit’s encouragement! There is no time like today to begin working on that goal so plan it and go for it!
Have an awesome day in Jesus! Go MAD in someone’s life today!