Father, make me more like Jesus.
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Lord, You’ve packed into this passage a lot of what You desire for my relationships. You’ve noted the actions and attitudes that YOU want to see govern my INTERACTION with others. You touch on the INTERCESSION for others You call me to carry out. You describe Your will for my COMMUNICATION with others.
INTERACTION (3:18-4:1 NIV)
I surrender my relationships to You, Father. Renew my attitude toward others. Rewire my heart so that I resound with Your heartbeat as I encounter the people You’ve placed in my life. Give me an attitude of humility, compassion, kindness … Wait! Look! In these verses (3:18-4:1) there’s a correlation with what You tell me to me clothed with in 3:12-14! Cool! You tell me how to “dress” so that I can interact among the various people in my life in a way that reflects YOU! (Thanks for highlighting that today!)
INTERCESSION (4:2-4 NIV)
You also point out how You value my conversations with You throughout the day, as well as when I intercede for others. You want my devotion to talking with You in prayer. And You call me to speak to You about the needs, joys, concerns and hopes of the others in my life.
COMMUNICATION (4:5-6 NIV)
So … I get “dressed,” go out to be with others, chat with You about those folks; and then You give me even more direction regarding my communication with others, especially those who don’t know You yet. You call me to wisdom in my actions and efficiency in my use of the time and opportunities You supply. You want my conversations to be “full of grace.” “Grace” brings to mind the thought of “getting what you don’t deserve.” So, whether a person deserves a kind, compassionate reply or not, You want me to give it, over and over and over. “Seasoned with salt” conveys that there’s just enough to alter the “taste” of the conversation. Perhaps, the “salted” chats stir up a thirst within the other person, a desire to taste more of Who they’ve savored in our encounter. (Oh! Wouldn’t THAT be a wonderful thing, Jesus?!?)
Father, You be at the center of my relationships, as I INTERACT, INTERCEDE, and COMMUNICATE. I’m reminded of a song that was sung in my home church many years ago by someone who was only about 7 or 8 then, but who is in his much older now:
“When the world looks at me, do they see Jesus?
When the world looks at me, what do they see?
Do they see hope?
Do they see love?
Do they see charity?
When the world looks at me, do they see Jesus?”**
Make me just like Him, Daddy. Amen.
**(chorus of “When the World Looks at Me” as sung by Mark Mitchell of The Mitchells on We Are So Blessed)