Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Being Like God!

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You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.  Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong.  If you love only those people who love you, will God reward you for this? Even tax collectors love their friends.  If you greet only your friends, what's so great about this? Don't even unbelievers do that?   But you must always act like your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:43-48

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were God?  What if you had the power to control the whole world just like God does?  Floods and droughts would be responsive to your commands.  Kings would rise or fall because of your decisions from the Throne of Heaven.  Everyone who opposed you would be doomed to ultimately fail.  Nothing could stand in your way of accomplishing your will!

Those displays of God's power are only part and I might be bold enough to say a small part of what it is to be like God.  The most amazing thing there is about God is that God, the Great Creator of all there is, and Sovereign of the Universe loves His enemies! 

When Adam and Eve ate of the Forbidden Fruit they became enemies of God!  But God's love was not banished from their lives like they were sent out from the Garden of Eden.  God loved the fallen race and planned from the very beginning to bring them back to Him with the sacrifice of Jesus! 

If you were like God you could certainly "do miracles."  God has the power to suspend the laws of nature to accomplish anything He desires.  But being like God means something much greater than walking on water.  Being like God means that you love your enemies and give yourself for their ultimate salvation! 

Being like God means that you humble yourself and take the lowliest place like Jesus did when He came to earth.  Being like God means that you may indeed be despised and rejected.  And being like God means that you will take up your cross and follow Him!

"Lord Jesus help me today to know more of what it means to 'be like God.'  The Bible says that I was created in the image of God.  May that image of You bring Glory to Your Name today and every day! Amen."

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