Park Church, Aldershot

Gods Love and Power Flowing Out

  • Church Lane East,
  • Aldershot,
  • Hants,
  • GU11 3ST

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Leadership Focus 

This devotional thought appears on the front page of the February 2019 edition of Park Life magazine.

  I Wanna Be Like You

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.

Peter Sullivan 

 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


 February 2018
 Love, What Are We Going To Do With It?


 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