From: David Kabanje
Date: September 7, 2021
Subject: GMU: Imitating your parents

Like Father like Son

Our early years determine a significant portion of our present behaviors and mannerisms mainly due to the influence of our parents and environment. As children, our first teachers were our parents. Inwardly, we idolized and mimicked their behavior, unaware of how it would dramatically impact our worldview and belief system. Certain aspects of psychology link characterological deficits to our early years; however, positive psychology affirms that though our genetics play a heavy role in our natural dispositions and behavior, our choices can turn the tide. It is no wonder that Christ says, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God" (John 3:3). "To be born again" is a choice that transforms us from the core of being, from the foundations of our character. And as children, what do we do best? Well, we imitate our parents. Here is where the path of life diverges.

I can either chose to live in dead forms of religion and piety that I have copied from one person to another, or I can be born again and imitate my Heavenly Father. I'm not making this up. God is calling us to imitate His incredible, beautiful, and courageous character. How do I know? "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Ephesians 5:1-2). Jesus made way for each of us to be Children of God, to imitate the divine nature through the power of the Holy Spirit. Other transitions will say, "Follow God's example." Either way, we, as Christians, have a calling to our lives to follow the example that God, through Christ, has demonstrated. Look to scripture and pray that the Holy Spirit floods our campus and each individual as we wholeheartedly pursue God and His character. Imitating God brings soul-piercing peace.      

Have a great day imitating Christ.

P.S. A few of our IRR students, faculty, and staff have gone to Louisiana to respond to hurricane Ida. They will not have any service so let's keep them connected with prayer. We might not join them; however, we can be present with them in prayer!

P.S.S. Project Impact is in three days! Make sure to sign up for a site! Tracy Wood, director of the Youth and Young Adulty Ministries for the North American Division (N.A.D.), will speak for Family Worship and church services!    

Let's keep each other in prayer this week.