The One Point
A fundamental source of satisfaction, in this life, comes from imitating our Father in His justice and generosity.
Lets talk a little bit more about this topic. It’s not a new debate, really. Many theologians have been discussing the implications of trying to imitate our God, here and now. Some of the risks, some scholars say, include idolatry, a false sense of worth, and even a complete replacement of the Good News.
On the other hand, we have some teachers that points us to passages in Scripture that clearly present the idea of Jesus Christ as our example to follow. Two very good books you should consider, on this topic, are The Imitation of Christ in the Gospel of Luke, by C.D. Agan III, and Pilgrim Theology, by Michael Horton – specially his chapter 11.
For me, the main question is about ability and desire. Where does my ability to imitate Christ comes from? What is my desire when imitating God in His justice and generosity? If the answer to either question is something more / else than The Beauty of Jesus Christ, then I believe we have a problem at hand.
So many times we, as Christians, get very excited about a particular ministry, a particular way to express God’s justice and generosity, that we forget His Beauty. And in many occasions, fueled by our own strength, we look down at those Christians who are not as involved as us in that particular ministry.
Consider this passage,
Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
The biggest benefit that comes from imitating our God is the reaffirmation that it is true: His work of restoration in our own heart is really working.
Gracia & Paz
For you to consider.
- How could you imitate our God, this week, at home?
- How could you be sure you have the right ability and desire to do so?