It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that is true, who or what are we flattering?
I love how God uses the simplest things to teach us or to help us understand how He feels about us and how we should feel about Him. Often times, for me, this comes in being a parent. This morning was no exception… stand there getting ready for work, my son (2 1/2) standing there besides me watching me, as he does most mornings. While I was focused on hurrying to get ready, my son… was focused on his father. Having watched me many times before, he got himself ready. I looked at him in the mirror sitting on the edge of our bathtub, wearing my hat, my socks and my shoes…. I turned to look at him and he giggled and said, Daddy… I am ready! Wow… through the lips of a 2 1/2 year old, God spoke to me in a very powerful way.
If we would only start each day like that… focusing on our Father. We then could dress and arm ourselves with His Armor, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-20 and just as my son did. Then when we could say to our Father…. Daddy, I am ready for work! Anything that He calls us for that day, we would be ready to stand.
So as you get ready each and everyday, remember to flatter your Heavenly Father by imitating Him and dressing yourself with His Armor, so you too can say, Daddy… I am ready!
Verses used: Ephesians 6:10-20
The Armor of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.