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It is not about being someone else….

31 Jul

When Akiba was on his deathbed, he bemoaned to his rabbi that he felt he was a failure. His rabbi moved closer and asked why, and Akiba confessed that he had not lived a life like Moses. The poor man began to cry admitting that he feared God’s judgment. At this, his rabbi leaned into his ear and whispered gently, “God will not judge Akiba for not being Moses. God will judge Akiba for not being Akiba”.  _ From the Talmud.

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3 Comments

Posted by on July 31, 2011 in Reflection

 

3 responses to “It is not about being someone else….

  1. christie

    August 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

    thank you. good to remember.

     
  2. clif

    August 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

    OK, but we should still strive to be more like Jesus, should we not?

     
    • chrismeek32

      November 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond…some how I missed this. What does it mean to be more like Jesus? It would be interesting to hear the responses of various people that are asked that question.

      I think we are to strive to be more like Jesus in how he pursued his relationship with the father. It’s only in and through that relationship can we fully become the men and women God created us to be. Many want to “be” or “act” like Jesus in “this moment” or “that moment,” but that’s only for a moment…it’s not really who they are. The passionate pursuit of the Creator of the Universe is what transforms us and I believe that was what Jesus was pointing us to when he came near and “tabernacled” (dwelt) among us.

      Those are some of my thoughts.

       

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