The Imitation of Messiah

Describing God and marveling at His nature is unlimited although words fail.  The things of this world are trinkets in that light.  But, how do those who acknowledge only the physical and secular consider such things?  They regard them as fables, the imaginations of men, foolishness.  “This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.  Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.  I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.  My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent.  It is the Lord who judges me.  Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.  He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.  At that time each will receive their praise from God.” (1 Corinthians 4: 1-5).  Wisdom puts its trust in God to judge all, exposing the motives of every heart.

Honestly, do we have hope in our own ability to be good, to do our best to serve God and others, to love?  Isaiah said all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. (Isa. 64: 6).  I believe this describes our best efforts to do good.  To be like Jesus is found in surrender, rather than, human energy and strength of will.  Just as lost people need supernatural salvation, so do we to live a righteous Spirit led life.

Some of us think we can be better or instruct others to be better.  It seems to me that these ideas are born out of a desire to be good, unlike encouragement that comes from God, calling out a Spirit message from Spirit to Spirit with power to deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Him.  When does righteousness cease to be a gift and something of which we are now capable.  Yes, every Believer has the indwelling Holy Spirit, but in my experience we are called to surrender to God’s ways and means.

There have been times that illustrated this principle very clearly to me, where good men prepare a program apart and devoid Yeshua’s leading.  Watchman Nee wrote about this, saying, “We should understand that Christianity is Christ, and the life of a Christian is also Christ.  Do not pile up a thousand good items and view that heap as Christian life.  Were you able to gather up all the humilities on earth as well as assemble tens of thousands of other good traits, you still could not create a Christian.”  He continued, “Now to serve God is basically an excellent and correct undertaking.  Very often it requires us to suffer, to sacrifice, to spend and be spent.”  Yeshua our example said, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5: 19).  God can use a humble person, who trusts only in His leading and His assignments.  When Peter heard Yeshua speak about suffering, being put to death and rising again, he said, ” ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’  Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’ ” (Matt. 16: 21-23).  Even compassionate, merciful, charitable intentions can be opposed to God’s will.  Allow The Holy Spirit to direct you in all you do, then you will imitate Yeshua.

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