Isn’t it cute to see a little girl help her mom in the kitchen? I smile whenever I see a mother in the grocery store, pushing her shopping cart, with her son or daughter pushing a miniature cart right alongside her.
Mommy’s little helper.
Or how about the dad, mowing the lawn, with his little boy pushing a plastic lawn mower right beside him.
Daddy’s little helper.
Kids naturally imitate their parents; their actions, manners, beliefs, and vocabulary. It’s the way they are wired to learn. Imitation, hands on, practice. Long before kids learn to read, they learn important things that will stay with them all their lives.
“THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].” (Ephesians 5:1 AMP)
Everyone is wired to learn and grow, developing physically, mentally, and spiritually through imitating others; especially parents, elders, and GOD. So doesn’t it make you wonder why people act like they do?
Especially GOD’S little helpers?
Have you ever met people, people who really “love the Lord” (just ask them), who are so committed to helping God straighten out everyone else’s life? People who don’t gossip, because that’s a sin, but tell all they know about so and so in the form of a prayer request. “I’m not supposed to say this, BUT…”
I’ve known well-meaning Christians who feel it’s their duty to point out the flaws of their pastor; over and over, to anyone who’ll listen. Telephone warriors, Facebook wrestlers; defenders of righteousness! After all, people need to be accountable, don’t they?
Who really are they imitating?
There are little “helpers” who believe their calling in life is such a holy calling, and so unique to them, people don’t understand them. They are convinced God has given them the gift of “Discernment”. I think “the gift of judging” is more accurate.
God’s spiritual gift of “Discerning of Spirits” is a gift that enables the recipient to see, as God wills, the spirit realm; the underlying spirit operating in different situations, behind the scenes. To see the “motivating” spirit.
Too bad they DON’T have THAT gift. It might help them see which spirit is pushing them around, making a mess in other people’s lives.
We had a guy visit our church one time who was one of “God’s little helpers”, according to him. He shared the information about his “calling” with me following our morning worship service. We had, in the back of our church, little books covering different subjects that were made available to people free of charge; books that could help them grow in their faith.
God’s “helper” began to tell me how wrong it was to have the books, those “poisonous books” as he called them. I disagreed with him, but he kept on and on, explaining how God had given him a ministry of “straightening pastors out.”
Well, it didn’t help. And he never came back.
I’ve known other “helpers” who have such a sharp tongue, one carefully placed word from them can cut the deepest of wounds. They say they’re concerned, believe they’re compassionate, but their actions do not conform to, or agree with, God’s character.
You see, God is a very present help in time of need.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 NKJV)
God’s little helpers are people who IMITATE Daddy’s attitudes and actions. They are available to HELP, not hinder; HEAL, not hurt.
They love what He love’s, and hate what He hates!
God’s little helpers think like Daddy, walk like Daddy, dress like Daddy, and act like Daddy. Their mind is renewed by Daddy’s Word, they walk in Daddy’s love, wear Daddy’s armor, and humbly represent Daddy’s family business.
God’s little helpers imitate God.
Who are YOU imitating?