Did you ever play Simon Says as a child? Whomever Simon was would tell you what to do and you would do it, but only if he/she said “Simon says” before issuing the directive. If they said to touch your toes without saying “Simon says” then you were out. My students would play it where Simon did the motions too, even those Simon didn’t say. It was a great trick to get others out and win the game, thus remaining Simon for another game.
In Ephesians 5:1, Paul tells us to be imitators of Christ. According to dictionary.com, an imitator is,
- To follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example
- To mimic; impersonate
- To make a copy of; reproduce closely,
- To have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble
This is exactly what the Lord desires for us to do. We are to be conformed into the likeness of Christ [Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18]. Unlike Simon Says, we don’t win the game by taking the place of Jesus. We win when we are truly transformed into His likeness in all we do and say, when we look in the mirror and see His reflection looking back at us.
Most of life’s problems arise when we choose to push Jesus out of the position of shot caller (just made that phrase up, but I like it). When we choose to be the one calling the shots in our lives, we tend to encounter obstacles and problems at every turn. We are operating in the dark, without knowing what’s coming, so we make decisions based on what we think may happen. Jesus knows all things [Matthew 11:27]. Hebrews 4:13 says,
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
If Jesus knows everything, why would we not want to listen to Him? He has the inside scoop. When we take control of our lives and do it our way, it’s like a crap shoot.. we may win, we may lose. With Him, it’s a guaranteed win.
Who is the shot caller in your life? Do you need to vacate that seat for Jesus? Would you give it to “Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”? He’s ready to do it. Are you ready to let Him?