Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Model Living by Martin Wiles

Even though they were popular when I was growing up, putting one together wasn’t on my list of things to do.

I’m sure technology has dampened the model car industry, but it was once a booming business that interested millions of young boys. Putting model cars together required patience, time and the ability to understand complicated instructions. Having some mechanical knowledge about cars also helped. Super glue had been invented but wasn’t sold commercially like at present. Model car glue was required, and it took hours to dry. Many of the parts were small, making it difficult to fit them in the correct places.

Since I was impatient and mechanically illiterate, I put very few together in my lifetime-and then only the simplest ones.
As model cars were small replicas of the actual things, Paul was a spiritual model to believers in Thessalonica and they became models for others. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 1:3).

Believers have the exciting privilege of being L. J.’s (little Jesus’). Our lives can be constructed as closely to his as humanly possible. Attitudes, motives, words and thoughts should be glued together carefully with attributes that reflect our Heavenly Father. Satan wants us act like L. D.’s (little Devil’s), and only God can provide the wisdom and power we need to say and do the right thing on a regular basis.

Faithful work in God’s big mechanic shop and loving those we work on helps us build models that will transport God’s love throughout the world. Let God make you a model for others.

Prayer: Powerful Father, enable us to model Your love before others.