Be Imitators of God

dogOur understanding of what it means to mimic or imitate someone has changed a bit over the last couple of months for me and my husband.  Our toddler mimics us in everything we do.  He studies our faces, how we form words with our mouths, the intonation of our voices, how we walk.  And then he tries to imitate them.  For example, he’s taken to calling me by my first name because he hears my husband and of course others in my life refer to me that way.  “Kim”, he’ll say, when he’s ready to get out of his crib or wants to show me something.  “It’s Mom”, I’ll respond.  And we’ll repeat this sequence of statements a few times over.  So now, he says, “Kim.  No, it’s Mom.  Kim.  No, it’s Mom” without skipping a beat, and I am left laughing out loud and at a loss of what to say next.

Ephesians 5 starts off in this manner: “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  If you continue reading, you will find examples of how to imitate God and types of behaviors to avoid.  In verse 11, “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”  “..Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (19-21).

After experiencing the all-day every-day intensity of being watched I have to ask myself if I’m seeking to imitate God, our Father, with my words, with my actions –  all day every day.  Would an on-looker know who I am devoted to based on my lifestyle?  Do I study Him, His words, His behaviors, His relationship with His people so that I can mimic Him in any situation?  Would that same on-looker experience life and restoration because of God’s love revealed through me?  Fortunately, God gives us Jesus as a human example of someone who encountered a range of personalities, life circumstances, and challenges and continued to bring redemption in the lives of those with whom He interacted.  I encourage you to identify a pattern or area that is evident in the life of Jesus that you can seek to imitate more fully.

~Kim

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