One of my favorite pictures of my eldest son, is when he was about 3 to 4 years of age, dressed just like me. I’ll never forget that day. I was nearly ready to leave the house and begin harvesting when he came partially dressed and wanted me to assist him in finishing. He knew I was about to leave for the farm and he wanted so bad to be my helper that day. But he insisted he had to be dressed like me, because he was going to be a farmer too. So I endeavored to help him finish, even finding an extra hat just like mine for him to wear. He was so proud to look just like dad, a farmer, and guess what? So was I! My son wanted to look just like me…jeans, shirt, jacket, boots and hat, we matched to a T.
As I look at that picture and reflect on that moment, I can’t help but think of that verse in Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers (imitators) of God, as dear children… I wonder if God is proud when he sees us wanting to be just like Him? Do we bring a smile to His face? Do we long to be like our heavenly Father? Do we desire to match him to a T? I share with you the words to that beautiful song…
O To Be Like Thee
1. Oh! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
2. Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.
3. Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
4. Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing, Lord,
from this moment all shall be Thine.
5. Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.
Is the constant longing and prayer of your heart to be like Jesus? Would you gladly forfeit all of earth’s treasures just to be like Him? Do you display the attire of loving, forgiving, tender and kind, helping the helpless and cheering the fainting? Is the image of the Blessed Redeemers stamped DEEP on your heart?
Friend, this year, my desire is to be just like my heavenly Father, to make Him proud of me, to see Him smile at me and say, “That’s my son”. I want to have His image stamped DEEP on my heart.