This summer has been quite different for me, though. I look forward to mowing my grass. Not for all the normal reasons most guys may have, but because my 3 year old loves “mowing” with me. He has his own little mower that he pushes around. He follows me around and tries to do everything I do. When I start the mower, he pulls his cord too. When I run out of gas, we gas up both mowers. When I stop to move a stick, he finds one to move too. I give him the thumbs up and we high five after we are done. I then put my mower away with a joy in my heart when he says “I want mine to go right next to yours, daddy.” I love it.
As I enjoy my mowing with my boy, I am continually reminded that he wants to be like me. He mimics me and wants to do what I do. As dad’s, we have a major responsibility to live like Christ. I have to be aware constantly of trying to respond to tough situations like Christ, treat my wife like the bride of Christ, speak to my children with the gentleness of Christ, love my neighbor like Christ, and work at my job as if I’m working for Christ.
As Christ proclaiming, born again Christians, the world is watching how we live. The world watches us with eyes like a child. Many are observing to see if they want to mimic us. Little eyes are spying all the time to see how we live and love. We should be living in such a way as to point people to want to live like Christ. As Christians we have such a great responsibility to live pure and holy lives that attract people to the one who has redeemed us and continues to sanctify us more and more to His image.
As missionaries, whether at home or overseas, people are watching. You may be overseas representing Christ to people who have never before heard His name. You may be a missionary in your neighborhood or job where people are watching how you live and how you respond and react when life is tough. Don’t let your guard down. Stay the course and work to point people to a personal relationship with Christ. As you grow more and more like Christ and people want to mimic your life, they are actually desiring to mimic the life of Christ.