Day 19 Devo - The Perfect Example

Many children display their love for their parents by trying to imitate them and be like them.  There is a special kind of love and admiration displayed in the desire be like someone else.  We are instructed, as God's children, to imitate His ways and be like Him.  Jesus has given us the perfect example of imitating God during His life on earth.  Jesus said He did the same things God the Father does. 

...whatever the Father does, the Son also does.       -Jesus  (John 5:19)

Jesus also told us we should do the things that we have seen Him do for us.

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.      -Jesus (John 13:15)

Just as the world saw God the Father through Jesus Christ, they will also see God through us if we follow in Jesus' example for us.  The example of Jesus was true love, the kind of love that gives unselfishly, and is willing to sacrifice it's own good for the good of others.

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.       (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Point to Ponder:

You can't imitate someone very well if you don't know them.  Only after getting to know Jesus personally can you truly walk as He walked and show the world His love.

This is how we know we are in Him:  Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.         (1John 2:5-6)