I have heard that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Who then better to imitate than our God? The Christian has no greater calling or purpose than that of imitating his Lord. That is very purpose of sanctification, where the Christian grows in Christlikeness while serving Him on earth. Just as children tend to imitate their parents, we should imitate Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord demonstrated the supreme example in His self-sacrificing love for lost sinners. He took human sin upon Himself and gave up His very life that men might be redeemed from their sin, receive a new and holy nature, and inherit eternal life. Believers are therefore called to be imitators of His great love in the newness and power of the Holy Spirit, who enables them to demonstrate divine love.
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways have I seen the power of the Holy Spirit in my ability to love?
2. Why do you think it is so impossible to love unconditionally without the power of the Holy Spirit?
Challenge: Take time this week to examine your heart and mind to determine how the Holy Spirit might be calling you to love someone.
This devotional is written every week by Hillcrest members.
Receive this devotional in your inbox every Monday - Friday.