Pastor Jonathan O’Reilly | Just Like Dad
“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” [Ephesians 5:1]
Whether we like it or not, as we get older, we begin to look like our parents. We acquire their mannerisms, their laughs, the way their eyebrows furrow, their love for basketball – whatever it may be, we naturally mimic them.
What we’ve been learning through this study is that sometimes, turning into our parents is not only undesirable, but unsafe. Many times, parents have hurt us. Many times, we want to become anything except for them.
This is where God wants to meet us. This is the gap He wants to stand in for us. Where our earthly fathers have lacked, God not only wants to fulfill us, but He also longs to have us be like Him.
God has given us everything we need to be able to be like Him. He has made it possible for us to reverse the curse that the broken world has our families under. He has graced us with an example of a Heavenly Father. He has brought us out of the darkness. And he longs for us to imitate Him.
He has established the goal, and now we know what to aim for. We know the end game, and we know how to get there – by being imitators of God in how He loves, forgives, is kind…the list goes on and on.
God is looking for us to awaken to who and whose we are. We have to know who we are and who we were chosen by before we can live the full life He has designated for us. We were created in His image (Genesis 1:27), given a new life (2 Corinthians 5:16), and invited into God’s family (2 Peter 1:3).
God is looking for us to accept the responsibility of growing up. We cannot just stay stagnent, not growing and not changing. Part of living the life He has blessed us with means becoming wise, learning from our mistakes, maturing, and stepping into all God has for us.
God is looking for us to adopt a lifestyle of modeling. God has set the example, has given us the blueprints, and all we have to do it try our best to love like He loves. We have to model God for others around us, especially those that don’t yet know Him. We have to keep our eyes fixed on the image we are to reflect.