God calls us to imitate Him

This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:5-6

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  Ephesians 5:1

We met an amazing couple while in San Fransisco, Evan and April Prosser.  The two started the Homeless Church of San Fransisco.  After 20+ years leading a church outside of the Bay Area, they felt led to purchase and convert an old bus into their living space and park in areas of San Fransisco where poor folks lived, mostly homeless or “mobile-homeless” (folks who live out of their vehicles).  There was such a peace about them, they had a purpose, they loved what they were doing and it was obvious that God wanted them right where they were — they have been doing this for more than 15 years now.  As you can imagine, it hasn’t always been easy.   Being present at all times, dealing with living on the streets, the problems that living out of a bus presents — having to move every few days to keep from being towed, where to dump you septic, etc.  Loving the least of these was how the Prossers decided to live out their imitation of Christ.

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”  Mark 8:34-35

This is where it gets messy.  Does taking up your cross and following Him mean going to church on Sunday?  Is it not cussing or trying to sin less?  Is it getting up real early and having quiet time regularly?  Is following Christ building houses in Mexico one week every summer, or sponsoring a child in Rwanda?  Most of the time we carve out a little space in our schedule for Jesus and give him that time when what He evidently calls us to is much, much more — our lives.  “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.” Most of us have been admiring and worshiping Jesus but have not been ‘following him,’ doing what he did — which was walking with the poor, and loving the marginalized.  We know of the poor, but we do not know the poor.  In other words, we adore his cross without taking up our own.

A favorite pastor of mine whose words have actually played a very significant role in my life starting almost 15 years ago summed it up very nicely using as his text 1 John 2:5-6:


One Response

  1. I like this guy! He is awesome! A new favorite for me! 😀

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