Imitating Yeshua

I glorified You on earth by finishing the work that You have given Me to do. John 17:3

It is not unusual in families for the firstborn child to establish a pattern or standard that younger siblings tend to imitate – at least at first. It’s only natural for young children to look at older ones to learn family customs and expectations. When young children realize they have a will and a choice, imitation may give way to self-directed behavior, for better or for worse.

“For we are His workmanship—created in Messiah Yeshua for good deeds, which God prepared beforehand so we might walk in them.  (Ephesians 2:10)

Paul spoke of Yeshua as the firstborn. “For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  (Romans 8:29). Therefore, when it comes to our relationship with God, Yeshua has become the model for us. His younger siblings are born through faith. Yeshua lived a life of complete obedience to the Father. He did nothing on His own initiative, but came into the world to accomplish the work that the Father had given Him. Likewise, Paul writes that there are works “which God prepared beforehand so we might walk in them.” Like Yeshua, we have been given work to do by the Father. And Yeshua is the model of obedience we should follow.

If you are facing a challenging task from God today, ask yourself, “How would Yeshua handle this?” Then go and do the same. One of the most important ways to imitate God is showing mercy. Live carefully children.


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