Last Sunday I was at church, and during worship we were singing the song, “No Longer Slaves” (by Bethel Music). I love the lyrics of this song for many reasons, but during the chorus a sweet moment happened.
As we sang, “I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God…” I looked in front of me and there was a young boy (probably 4 or 5 years old) who was looking up at his parents.
Both of his parents had their hands raised while singing, and this boy looked at them and put his hands up too. All throughout the song he kept looking up at his parents, and since they kept their hands raised, he did too. At one point, his Dad looked down and saw his son’s hands in the air. The Dad smiled and then looked back up and continued worshipping.
My first thought was, “We have an amazing kids’ ministry. Why isn’t this boy with other kids his age?” But then, I was thankful that he was sitting in the row in front of me.
God used this child to remind me:
Even though I’m made in the image of God, it’s easy to get caught up in distractions and imitate the world around me.
Sometimes it takes a child to remind me that I should be looking up and imitating my Father.
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” ~ Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT)
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