Focus verse: Matt. 5:1 “… and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.”
When I close my eyes I see Him… Jesus Christ, the Man, the Messiah, the Mystery. Rarely, I see the Babe in a manger; Infrequently, a young Boy in the Temple; Occasionally, the suffering Savior; More often, the victorious King of kings. Most often though, I see a Man; a man walking the Earth I walk and facing the things that I face. A Man challenged by the things I am challenged with, even tempted by the things that tempt me. When I close my eyes, I see a Man…
Yet no matter the lens my mind’s eye uses to view Him with, I always find His Deity firmly imprinted upon His portrait. The longer I look, the clearer it becomes. Invariable, as I behold Him, the exhortation of the Apostle Paul echoes’ thru the chambers of my mind. “Therefore, be imitators of God, as dear children” (Eph 5:1). In the vanity of my youth, I thought it a simple task, yet as youth slowly gives way to the clarity of someone older, I find it to be beyond challenging!
Imitate Christ, reflect His glory, walk as Jesus walked, imitate me as I imitate Christ … the exhortations crash like misplaced freight cars on the rails of my soul. The truth of their necessity hammers into the reality of my humanity. It’s a humanity that is rife with flaws, failures and inabilities. Suddenly I am confronted with the truth. To imitate Him, I must know Him. To know Him, I must sit at His feet, spend time with Him and allow the Deity that so clearly marks Him to change the very fiber of who I am.
The beautiful thing is that I find Him willing, yes even longing, for me to sit there. My nature does not surprise Him. He is not shocked by who I am. He chooses to see me for who I could be, will be, was created to be! As I join the disciples surrounding Him, He smiles. “Then He opened His mouth and taught them …” (Matt 5:2).
Yes, when I close my eyes, I see Him… Jesus Christ, the Man, the Messiah, the Mystery, and I want nothing more than to be like Him.
- Are you imitating Jesus?
Next Week’s Scripture: Matthew 5:3