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We Should be Imitators of Christ

Ephesians 5:1

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children

RevRayI remember growing up – always wanting to do what my father was doing.  I remember going hunting with him when all I could carry was a toy rifle.  We would sit for hours waiting for the squirrels to come out.  I remember my first time out with my .410 shotgun and seeing the squirrel through the woods and waiting for it to arrive at the nut tree we were watching.  I tried to do what my father would have done – as he watched me imitate him.

When I was growing up – I remember playing first base and third base (not at the same time – lol) and I remember trying to imitate Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson – two of my favorite players.  On our home at the time there was a brick chimney and I use to bounce balls off of it and try to make great plays fielding the ball like they often did.  I could always make up a game in my mind.

As disciples of Jesus – we are called to imitate Him!  Now there’s a novel idea!  Today’s passage speaks to us about imitating Jesus – Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved childrenHere is today’s passage in partial context – Ephesians 5:1-7 – 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 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. 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person — such a man is an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.  Not only are we called to model or imitate Christ in love – but also to stay away from other things that would not imitate Christ.

I heard a preacher this past weekend speak on love – using Jesus’ words about the greatest commandments – Mark 12:30-31 – 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Jesus’ love for us is expressed by these wordslive a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.  We should love others as Christ loved us – according to Jesus.  We should give our all for our Lord and love others as we love ourselves.  Paul writes – 1 Corinthians 13:2 – If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Today – and throughout the rest of our lives – we should be working on being more loving – being imitators of Christ.  Allowing the fruit of love to invade our very being.  For some that is easier – because it is their nature to be loving.  For some – this will be a task – but it will help us produce a better attitude and will help us be a better witness for Christ.  Love one another – even as Christ loved us.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

May 14, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , ,

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