Session 3

Are you becoming more like your Dad?

From The Overflowing Life: A 14-Day Devotional

Advertising teaches that change happens from the outside in. Imitate this person's style or actions, and you'll be loved, beautiful, at peace. But God changes us from the inside out. He loves us, tells us we're beautiful, and invites us into His peace — before we've even done a thing (Romans 5:8).

When God calls us to imitate Him, He's not selling us on a product or service. He's inviting us to embrace our identity as members of His family. "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children" (Ephesians 5:1).

When we put our trust in Jesus, we became members of God's family. The same way that years with our earthly parents shaped our actions and worldviews, time with our heavenly Father shapes our character so it looks more like His.

Exodus 34:6 says God is "merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." As we spend time with God and follow His example, these traits become true of us as well.

Ever catch yourself saying the things your parents once said to you? As we begin to walk in the way of love, the same thing happens to us as God's kids. Our thoughts, words, and actions begin to align with our Dad's. God's love for us overflows from us and affects everyone around us.

We begin to love others and give ourselves up for them, just like Jesus did for us. This is the kind of sacrifice that pleases God (Ephesians 5:2). Better than the incense or fragrant offerings of the Old Testament is a heart that overflows with love like His (Leviticus 4:7).

Reflect:

  • What does it mean to imitate God?
  • How has consistent time with God changed the way you respond to others?
  • What’s one way you can love and sacrifice for someone today?

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Session 1

What it looks like to be filled and overflowing

When you picture overflow, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of coffee spilling over the edges of a mug, water flowing over a dam, or...

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Session 2

This is a story of overflowing love

Have you ever loved someone so much you just couldn’t hold it back?Your cheeks flush when she laughs at your jokes. You erupt in cheers w...

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Session 3

Are you becoming more like your Dad?

Advertising teaches that change happens from the outside in. Imitate this person’s style or actions, and you’ll be loved, beautiful, at p...

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Session 4

Will you trust God to provide?

Who do we trust when life is difficult? Where do we turn when the bills pile up, a relationship is struggling, or a friend is in pain?Mos...

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Session 5

What if you already have what you need?

“Once I pay off my student loan and get a better job, I’ll start being generous.”“When I have a bigger house, I will lead a group.”“I jus...

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Session 6

Your little bit matters more than you think

Perhaps trying to be funny, Andrew suggests feeding over 5,000 people with a little boy’s lunch. Imagine his surprise when Jesus says, “h...

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Session 7

What motivates you to give?

It’s easy to share when we have lots to give. But how generous are we when there’s one brownie left in the pan? You know it’s love when y...

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Session 8

Pain can be the path to an overflowing life

Rarely do we record the hard parts of a journey. Often we rush through the valleys in favor of the mountain tops.In the same way, we like...

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Session 9

Holding on to what you have holds you back

There are two well-known seas in Israel, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee teems with life and brings life to the c...

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Session 10

Servants see what happens behind the scenes

Jesus’ mother came to Him with a problem. Mary knew her son was no ordinary man. He was God’s Son, the divine living among them (Luke 2:2...

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Session 11

We have much to be thankful for

Temper tantrums are never pretty. The screaming, crying, and flailing on the ground happens because children want something they can’t ha...

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Session 12

What motivates someone to give Jesus everything?

Mary didn’t light up the room with a candle or sing a beautiful song. She broke open a container of perfume, and the fragrance filled the...

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Session 13

An overflowing life is a rich life

Generosity moves us to be generous. When someone does something kind for you, you want to do something kind in return. Even if the person...

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Session 14

It’s normal to be awestruck by how good God is

How wild is it that we get to call God “ours”? He is our God. Psalm 118:28 says, “God, You are my God, and I will give you thanks.”None o...

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