Who am I imitating? Whose values am I living by? What do my actions and attitudes reflect about the King and Kingdom for which I live?
Which part of me is living for the Kingdom of God, and which part of me is living for Egypt or Canaan? To what degree am I living with feet in both realms at the same time?
From today’s One Year Bible reading:
“I am the LORD your God. So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life. You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the LORD your God. If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I and the LORD.” (Lev. 18:2b-5)
Lord, forgive me for being shaped more by the values of “Egypt” and “Canaan” than by the values of your kingdom. Let my life be transformed and characterized by the values of your kingdom, values that you outlined in the Sermon on the Mount. Help me be poor in spirit, pure in heart, merciful, meek, a peacemaker and so on. I lay my greed, selfishness, jealousy and insecurity at your feet. I want to imitate your way of life. Birth that in me, Lord. Amen!