Discover His heart: The One who lives in us will do His work through us
Copycat has never really been considered a term of endearment. It denotes someone who lacks imagination or independence to the point of copying what others do instead of being original. An impersonator, on the other hand, is someone who takes that copying to the point of making it difficult to know what is real and what is Memorex. As the saying goes, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Then, there are those who imitate someone else out of sheer respect and admiration, even to the point of adoration – for me, that someone would be Jesus.
@ John 5
“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (19) Jesus was not a copycat, an impersonator nor a flatterer. No, He was in unity with the Father to the point that it was impossible for Him to do anything else but what the Father did. He only did what He saw the Father do which lets us know that He was watching the Father’s actions.
“What would Jesus do?” was a popular slogan a few years ago. We saw bracelets, bumper stickers and t-shirts, but it’s so much more than a slogan to be worn. A true heart that follows Jesus does so out of adoration and love to the point that it seems impossible to do anything but what He does. Unlike Jesus, we fail on occasion, but our hearts seek to have unity with Him equal to the unity He has with the Father. In any given situation when the opportunity is there to fail, we can ask with a sincere heart, “What would Jesus do?” By seeing what He did in scripture, we have a pattern to follow.
How incredible it would be to imitate Him to the point that others would see only Jesus in us. How incredible it would be to do the works that He did while on earth. Well, actually we can. “The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do. I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” (John 14:10-12)
Greater works! It doesn’t matter to me if I’m called a copycat, an impersonator or a flatterer. I’m going to follow hard after the Lord and do what He does. Maybe one day someone will find me to be someone very much like Him…be still my heart.
Moving Forward: My song today, “I want to be more like you, Jesus. I want to be more like you. I want to be a vessel that you work through…” (C. Brown)
Tomorrow @ I Timothy 4-6