With vs. Like – The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit

22 After removing him, God raised up David their king. He testified about him: ‘I have found Davids the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22


I was reading “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan yesterday and he had a really good point. It’s better for us to be WITH our mentor or somebody we want to be like rather than to DO things LIKE they would do them.

I think that is what the big awesome deal about King David. He didn’t know God as a concept or a method. God was as real to him as a friend or a roomate!

That’s what Jesus was up to when He picked the 12 apostles.

And He appointed twelve (whom He also named apostles) so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach. Mark 3:14

Jesus didn’t pick 12 guys to be like Him or to imitate His ways. That would just turn into another Law. God created the original Mosaic Law and came and lived among us so that we could be WITH HIM.

The bummer of trying to be LIKE somebody is that it will always get messed up. The Occupy people say Jesus was like them, the Republicans say Jesus was like them. As I read through the book of Acts and I’m working on my @iamstpaul project there is never any question that God is WITH Paul. (except for maybe when he’s getting stoned to death–but right after that there was no question!)

I think that’s also how God knew that King David would “accomplish everything I want him to do” because He knew David wanted to be WITH God and in God’s presence more than he wanted to seek equality with God.

Somewhere else there was a guy that wanted to be present with God more than to be like/equal to Him.

[Jesus,] who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped…Phil 2:6