Pastor’s Ponderings: Christ Imitator or Car Thief???

Posted by on Mar 24, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

On Holy Thursday we will remember how Jesus took off His robe and washed His disciples’ feet.  Then He said:  that WE should also be servants.  Paul wrote that we should be “Imitators of Christ.”  In this devotional, Pastor Jim challenges us to look at our own lives and to see how well we are imitating Christ’s example of love and humility….


Greetings Friends:

It’s been a while since I sent out a devotion…., yet as we near the end of Lent, it is good to reexamine ourselves and see if we are using the spiritual disciplines at our disposal and growing in our relationship with God through Christ and with others.  Below is a humble devotion which I trust will be helpful and a blessing to all of us. 

PLEASE READ: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.  

You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off  your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up  according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Jesus states so clearly in John 13:34-35

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

The interesting thing to note is that in the original Greek language (the New Testament was originally written in Greek, for the most part), the word “love” here is a verb, which of course, is a word of action.   This command comes just moments after Jesus has eaten His final Passover meal with the disciples and has washed the feet of the disciples!  It was the custom of that day to have a bowl of water and towels available so that when guests arrived at the home, the feet of the visitors would be washed.  While it was the disciples who certainly should have been washing the feet of Jesus, yet it is Jesus who gets the bowl and towel and washes the feet of His disciples (John 13:3-15).

Then Jesus says words which are so profound, and every Christian, every would-be-disciple of Christ around the world must remember:  

““You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:13-15). 

That is amazing what Jesus says in John 13:15,  “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

The words from Ephesians 4 above as our scripture focus for today was Paul’s attempt to teach the Christians living in the city of Ephesus how it is to follow the example of Jesus in the world.  Paul’s words are the same as Jesus when he write in Ephesians 5:1-2…
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children  and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Below is a simple, yet profound, if not convicting story which is possibly played out too often.

  The story is about a police officer in Los Angeles who pulled over a motorist and asked if he could see the drivers license and registration.  The driver asked, “What’s wrong officer?  I didn’t go through a red light, and I certainly wasn’t speeding.”  The officer said, “No, you certainly were not.  But, I did see you making an obscene hand gesture as you swerved around a motorist.  I also observed your flushed and angry face as you shouted something at the driver.  I also noticed how you pounded your steering wheel when the traffic in front of you came to a stop.” 

The driver, said, “But, officer is all of that a crime?” 

The police officer said, “No it is not a crime as such. But, I noticed the bumper sticker on the back of your car which say, “Jesus Loves You And So Do I” and I just figured this car had to be stolen!”

While we see some humor in that story, yet in all seriousness, as we near the end of our Lenten journey, how is our walk with Christ?  Does every area of our life, actions, the words we use, the conversations we have, the things we post on social media reflect that we are following the example of God?  Are we imitating God in every area of our life? Let’s finish the season of Lent strong and continue growing in our relationship with God.


Pastor Jim

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