- Church Lane East,
- GU11 3ST
This devotional thought appears on the front page of the February 2019 edition of Park Life magazine.
Last February, I wrote an article based on the song “Now that we’ve found love, what are we going to do with it?”, and l suggested that we needed to act on the love we receive from Jesus, and let His love live out through us.
Many years ago, I attended Mid-Wessex camps - as a camper! I think it was the last year or penultimate year that the Camp was at Tal-y-Bont in Wales. It was a great camp, and I enjoyed the activities and the friendships. However, I remember thinking how cool my tent officer was. How I wanted to be like him - he drove an Austin Maxi, which I thought was a great car (it was the one with the 1750cc engine!). I can’t remember his name though!
“I Wanna Be Like You” is a song from the Disney film "The Jungle Book”, sung by King Louie to Mowgli,
Oh, oobee doo
I wanna be like you
I wanna walk like you, talk like you, too
You'll see it's true someone like me
Can learn to be like someone like you.
In today’s world, we are bombarded with examples of how we should “wannabe” (song by the Splce Girls), but with Jesus as our ultimate role model, what should we be like?
Eph 5:1-2 says,
Since you are God's dear
children, you must try to be like him. Your life must be controlled by love,
just as Christ loved us and gave his life for us as a sweet-smelling offering
and sacrifice that pleases God. (GNB)
2 Cor 3:l8 says:
…[The] glory, coming from
the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms
us into his likeness…(GNB)
Romans talks about being “conformed to the likeness of His son” - we should become more like Christ. However, God does not want us all to be clones; he wants us to use our own unique characteristics, our abilities, our different natures to represent Christ’s love and mercy to those around us. The qualities that we see in Christ we should want to exhibit to those we meet.
Romans 12 encourages us to offer ourselves as “living sacrifices”. The Message puts it this way:
So here’s what l want you to do,
God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating,
going-to-work, and walking-around life - and place it before God as an
offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even
thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside
out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of
immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well- formed maturity in
you. Rather than conform to what the world expects us to, let us transform to
be more like Christ in everything we do, so that we can share his love, his
power, his compassion, his grace and mercy with everyone.
It‘s not an easy process, but one we all need to try and do, to become more like Jesus every day. We should “wanna” walk like Jesus, talk like Jesus, and learn to be like someone like Him.
Past Focus Items
January 2019 - In God We Trust
December 2018 - The Supporting cast
November 2018 -Collaboration
October 2018 - Do We Trust Him?
September 2018 - Community Outreach
July/Aug 20118 -Mission Impossible
June 2018 - Barnabas
May 2018 - Living Bricks
April 2018 - Togetherness
March 2018 - The Beauty is in the Present Moment and in the Seeing
January 2018 - Moving On
December 2018 - Christmas Lights
November 2017 - Autumn
October 2017 - The Red Box
September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2
July/August 2017 - Summertime
June 2017 - Steering the Boat
April 2017 - Change Ahead
March 2017 - One Way - Jesus
January 2017 - Beyond the Fog
December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God
November 2016 - Autumn
October 2016 - Questions
September 2016 - Olympic Values
July/August - Follow the Leader?
June 2016 - Passports and Priorities
April 2016 - The Power of Love
March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent
February 2016 - What's At The Core?
January 2016 - The New Year
November 2015 - Back to the Future
October 2015 - Autumn
September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes
July/August 2015 - Summertime
June 2015 - Free Gifts
March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall
February 2015 - Distance Management
January 2015 - Changing Perspectives