I walked down the hall, turned into the living room, and then my heart melted. I see my daughter playing with her toys, and she is wearing my Red Sox hat backwards. “Are you wearing Daddy’s hat?” I ask her. She smirks sheepishly and then takes it off, and places it on the coffee table. “It’s okay,” I say to her reassuringly, “you can wear it!” But at this point she has already moved on to another toy, and is acting as if she hasn’t heard what I just told her.
Just then it clicked — that is what happens to God!
I see my child just going about her business (and for an 18-month-old, that is playing with her toys). I the midst of play, she saw something that belongs to dad, and decided that she wanted to imitate him. So she puts on the hat.
God looks down and sees His children going about His business. I the midst of our daily routine, we learn more about Christ and the life He wants us to live. Upon learning this, and applying it to our lives, we put on this characteristic of Christ. As He “turns the corner into the living room,” He sees us, and His heart melts. Here are His children imitating His son!
God is moved by the sight of His Son in us! Paul understood this. He says to those at the church in Corinth:
And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. (1 Cor. 11:1)
And to the church in Ephesus, he said:
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. (Eph. 5:1)
It is said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I believe that, for God, it is the only form of flattery.
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them. (John 14:21)
Have you ever been “flattered” by someone imitating you?
When God sees you, do you think His heart melts (or does it sink)?
Attempting to be real by being imitation!