Monday, June 8

Imitate God

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 10-12, Psalm 94, Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5:1–2 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 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.

Observation

In Ephesians 4-6, Paul lays out the ethical implications of the gospel: here is how we should live.  

In v. 1, Paul gives us another memorable and helpful summary: “Become imitators of God as dearly loved children.”  The word “imitators” translates the Greek word mimetes; we get the word “mimic” from it.  Just as children naturally mimic or imitate their parents, we should imitate God since He is our Father and we are His dearly loved children.

In v. 2, he expands on this idea by calling us to live a life filled with love (literally, “walk in love”—see yesterday), just as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us.  Imitate Jesus’ love.  Follow the example of Christ and love others as He loved us.

Application

Yesterday’s ethical summary was “walk worthy” of God—live your life worthy of the God who called you and His good news.  

Today’s ethical summary is “imitate God.”  Mimic your Father.  Mimic the love of Jesus for you.  This is why reading the gospels over and over is so important (actually, reading the New Testament over and over, but especially the gospels).  We get to know Jesus.  We hear the words of Jesus, see the actions of Jesus, and begin to understand the mind of Christ.  You can’t imitate what you don’t know.  I want to be able in any situation to imitate Jesus, to know what He would do or say in that situation.  

So soak in the gospels.  Get to know Jesus so well that it’s second nature to do what He would do, to say what He would say.  

You have a Father who loves you.  You are His dearly loved child.  Imitate Him!

Prayer: Lord, help me to imitate You in every encounter I have today!