Dr. Paul Dhinakaran

Be An Imitator of God!

Dr. Paul Dhinakaran
21 Sep
My dear Brothers and Sisters, I had a teacher in my school who would write beautifully on the blackboard. I was fascinated by his handwriting and I acquired the same handwriting just by observing it. It was so convenient for my classmates. Do you know why? They would take home their test papers with the ‘Teacher’s signature’, which was actually signed by me. I became everyone’s favourite because of this. But I would pray in my heart, “Have mercy on me. Blind the eyes of my teacher. Let me never get caught.” Those were my naughty days in school. Later, the same teacher became a good friend of mine. The teacher's handwriting was beautiful and I loved it. So, I wanted to imitate it.

Yes, leaders set examples to the people. As leaders are, so are the citizens. As parents are, so are the children. Therefore, as God’s children, we are here to imitate God. How do we imitate Him? “Walk in love” is the answer. It is not hard for you because God’s love has already been poured into your heart. The Bible Says, “ Therefore be imitators of God...and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:1,2). So simply imitate God and spread the aroma of Jesus, for your calling is to be like Jesus on this earth and this will bring many to Christ. You are a living epistle. Let people see Jesus in you.
I am reminded of a story titled "Les miserable" written by Victor Hugo. Once a convict escaped from a prison. He ran into the house of a Roman Catholic Priest for shelter. The Priest accommodated him that night. In the night, this convict stole two golden candlesticks from his home. But, as he was running out of the home, the Police caught hold of him and brought him back. The Police asked the Priest whether the candlesticks belonged to him. He replied, "Yes, but I had gifted him." The Police heard this statement and departed from there. This broke the heart of the convict. The love of the Priest changed his life. Wherever he went, he hailed the great love that the Priest had for him.

Today the Lord wants us to be filled with His love. He wants us to bear the burdens of one another with God's love. “…because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Let us walk in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we do that, people will see the living God through us. We will be reflecting the glory of God to others. We will become a channel of blessing to our family and friends.  Above all, we will effectively be conveying the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Lord will be delighted in you and you will be highly favoured in the sight of man and God.

Loving Father, I give all that I have to You. I bring all my weaknesses to You. As Your word says, enable me to become an “imitator of God”. Fill me with the spirit of prayer, praise and worship. Help me to move in the Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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