Psalm 25:12, "Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose."
Acts 4:13, "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished, and they took note that these men had been with Jesus."
Have you ever heard the phrase, "Monkey see, monkey do”? It describes the ability to imitate another person — good or bad — by merely watching. It could be a skill like juggling or simply picking up unique characteristics after spending considerable time with someone. For example, if you spent every day with someone for a year, you would begin to pick up common phrases and mannerisms. Without consciously trying, you would be imitating them.
Similarly, the more time we spend with God, the more we imitate Him. Our reverent fear of Him grows as we recognize the depths of His wisdom and power. Over time, our walk – the way we do life – becomes more reminiscent of His. We begin to see and do things from His perspective, allowing us to fulfill His purpose for our lives.
In Acts 4:13, the Jewish leaders were astonished by Peter and John's knowledge and courage as "they took note that these men had been with Jesus." The two disciples were untrained, ordinary men with wisdom and understanding that could only come from having a relationship with God.
Can the same be said of those of us who follow Him today? Does your walk reflect that you've been with Jesus? Remember, it's all about that walk — His walk, His ways. Cling to this and watch others take note of it!
What's a quality of Jesus that you would like to emulate? Today, look for opportunities to imitate this characteristic and ask God to make it a permanent part of your character over time.
Heavenly Father, thank You for EVERYTHING! I see the control and guidance You have had in my life. Keep me close to You so that it's readily apparent that I have spent time with You. I praise You, Lord! In Jesus' name, Amen.