May 19, 2015

Read: Ephesians 5: 1-2

As a young boy, did you ever slip your small feet into your Dad’s big shoes and walk around like you wanted to be just like him?  Or ladies, did you ever slip your tiny feet into your Mom’s big shoes as you played “house” with your friends?   In most cases our Moms and Dads were our heroes, and we wanted to be just like them. I remember that I couldn’t wait for my Dad to arrive home from work in the evening, to jump on his tired back and cherish a few moments of quality time with just me and my Dad. 
 
At some point in your life you may have given a mug to someone that read, “It’s official, I have become my ‘Dad’”, or that you had become your “Mother.”  It’s inevitable that as we get older, we tend to pick up the qualities of our parents, good or bad. As I look back, on the influence of my earthly father, it was the Godly qualities that I tried to imitate. He led me to Jesus by His example. He lived a life of genuine love for God, his family and his friends. Paul tells us, in these verses, that we need to imitate our Heavenly Father in everything.
 
Like John the Baptist, we might also say that we are unworthy to untie the straps of Christ’s sandals, but walking in those sandals is our highest calling.   

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God to help you be a faithful steward of your time, talents, possessions, and relationships.  Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.  Intercede for your local, state, and national governments.  Pray for spiritual revival in the nation and offer prayers regarding any current events and concerns.