GENUINE CONNECTION DEVELOPS IMITATION

October 4, 2017

JEREMIAH 9:17-26

 

 

 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

 

When you like someone, you either consciously or subconsciously imitate them because what has caught your eye will catch your actions as well.

 

I have a confession to make. I get compliments for my handwriting as it is actually nice for a guy as most will say but there is a reason as to why I have such nice handwriting. When I was in elementary school, I had a crush on a girl and I did whatever I could to have some sort of connection and I realized that she had nice handwriting. In my pursuit of any type of connection I decided to mimic her handwriting and lo and behold I ended up with nice handwriting but no connection. Safe to say I ended up in the friend zone once again as I am a frequent flier member but as I reflect on how weird and creepy that was, the truth behind it is all too real; flattery leads to imitation if not reflection.

 

So today’s question is who or what is the apple of our eye that causes us to subconsciously imitate? If we are not looking like Christ then we have to ask ourselves are we even looking at Christ? Here are some things that will show you that God is the one that you are imitating:

 

“But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

  • Steadfast love

    • This is love that is persistent and consistent. Are we loving God in a moment or continually and one major way is measured by how we are loving people. We keep saying this because this is one of the hardest things to do because this doesn’t mean loving the people we like as anyone can do that. The measure of a person being fully loving is when they can love the so called “unlovable”. If you think about it, Jesus loved the unlovable and I am not talking about the murderers or kidnappers but YOU because before you and I knew Christ we were in a category called the sinners but now we are saints because His love stretched out to us to change us. Can we practice and love consistently and persistently to the people who we shun but ironically need it the most as God did the same for you and me?

  • Justice

    • Doing what is right not just simply avoiding doing bad things. It is the classic “do’s and don’ts” of life where we know what to avoid but are we also looking at what we NEED to do. Passiveness is just as if not worse than wrong action because it’s doing the wrong thing indirectly because passiveness can most definitely lead to permissiveness. In my experience, a person who is silent is just as destructive as a person who spews out nonsense from their mouth. When we see wrong and do nothing about it when we could, then it most definitely happened because of you. Let us not turn a blind eye to things that has God’s full attention and that is when people who can’t defend themselves are being oppressed and when people are being treated unjustly. We can’t be passive but people of massive action!

  • Righteousness

    • Very similar to justice as righteousness is about being morally good. Justice is action and righteousness is living out with the right perspectives as to what is good or not. To have the purest standard of right or wrong is found in God and no one else. Anyone can have their view of what is right or wrong but what is truly right or wrong is determined by God and revealed in His word both in the Bible and his voice in the present time.

 

All these things develop in a person that walks with the LORD and knows Him. When I don’t spend time with God in reflection, so many things get lost in the cracks and sin is actually allowed to thrive because it goes undetected. As I get busier with life I am reminded that I need to spend more time with Him and not be so “busy” because it is so tempting to worship busyness as some sort of badge of honor when in reality we have to ask ourselves what are we busy for? I realize in myself that as a pastor I can make a program that looks good and runs smoothly but if God is not in the midst of it and I am not in the midst of Him moreso now than before than I am building an organization and not the church.

 

Some of us build lives that have expiration dates because we invest and build a life that is only about this life not realizing the afterlife. We can invest and build a life that is everlasting because of the firm foundation of Christ because he restored the purpose of eternity back into our lives when Adam and Eve forfeited eternity for a momentary grasp at control over their own lives apart from God.

 

When the above traits of God are missing in my life is usually the moments when I am not spending enough time in reflection in His presence. Today, let us not boast in our wisdom, strength, or riches but let us boast in our relationship with God and let us know Him a little more today than yesterday!

 

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