Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 5:1-2

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1,2)

When we read this passage we should be overwhelmed.  How on earth is it possible for us to be imitators of God?  We must begin by developing a holy reverence for who God is.  We must do what the Psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).  We must be in awe of who God is.  We must reflect upon His nature and His character.

When we reflect upon the character of Jesus, we will experience what God is like.  Look at His love and care for His children.  See His deep compassion for hurting and lost people.  Look at the way He forgives sinful people, even those who were hostile to Him.  We must know Jesus Christ before we can imitate Him.

The real key to understanding how to be an imitator of God is found in the second verse — “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  Read this verse carefully again and do so with Jesus in mind.  We are to walk in love because Jesus first loved us and gave Himself up for us as on offering.  He voluntarily offered up Himself.  He paid the price for our sin as He took our place on the cross and died.

Now we are called to imitate Him.  We are called to love others with HIs love and to forgive others as He has forgiven us.  We are called to be kind and compassionate to those who hurt and are lost, as He did.  As beloved children, we are to be imitators of God by walking in love.  This is a high calling which can only be done in the power of Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20).

Lord Jesus, I am overwhelmed by this calling to be an imitator of God.  I cannot do it without the Your power.  Fill me with You love and enable me to walk in love, as You loved me and gave Yourself up for me.


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