TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
“For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea.”
1 Thessalonians 2:14 ESV
THANKFUL FOR THE FAMILY RESEMBLANCE
A pilot was flying a plane-load of passengers to their destination when suddenly the rudder malfunctioned. He radioed the control tower in panic, and shouted, “The RUDDER has malfunctioned! What shall I DO?” The air traffic controller radioed back, “Keep calm, Captain. Just repeat after me: Wings flap… check. Velocity… check. Altitude check.” The pilot made the appropriate adjustments and the aircraft continued on course.
Not five minutes later, however, the STARBOARD ENGINE stalled. The pilot radioed the control tower and shouted, “The STARBOARD ENGINE has stalled! What shall I DO?” The air traffic controller radioed back, “Keep calm, Captain. Just repeat after me: Wings flap… check. Velocity… check. Altitude check.” The pilot made the appropriate adjustments and again the airplane continued on course.
However, not five minutes later, the pilot radioed the control tower a THIRD time. This time he shouted, “MAYDAY! MAYDAY! BOTH the engines have gone! What shall I DO?” The air traffic controller radioed back, “Keep calm, Captain. Just repeat after me: ‘Our Father… Which art in heaven… Hallowed be Thy name…'”
The Apostle Paul was grateful that the Thessalonian church was “repeating after him.” Paul wrote, “For you brothers, became imitators.” Paul could see a “family resemblance” in the believers at Thessalonica. The word “imitators” comes from the word we get our words mimic and mime. It means to copy or imitate something or someone else. The new believers were growing spiritually and living out their Christian faith and living like other Christians around the world.
James Baldwin wrote, “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models.” Many of you who read these devotions are growing. Take some time and reflect on ways you’ve grown spiritually this year. As a church, we are so grateful for your growth. Can you think of someone you know personally that you’ve seen grow spiritually this year? Let them know how grateful you are for their life and walk with Christ.