Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
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.
(Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV))
When you were growing up, was there an adult that you wanted to be just like? Perhaps it was a parent, or perhaps a grandparent, or even an aunt or uncle. No matter who it may have been, chances are very good that you did have someone in your life that you tried to model everything after.
I can safely say that you probably imitated what they did down to the smallest of details.
What, in your mind, made that person such an object of your devotion?
There are probably two main reasons. They loved you and they did not hesitate to let you know.
Think about God in that perspective.
He created you. He sent His only begotten Son to die for you. Again, love and a strong way of letting you know.
Do we imitate God in the same way that we imitated that special adult when we were younger? Do we strive to be just like Him? Do we impatiently wait to be in His presence? Do we find joy in His presence? Do we eagerly go with Him wherever He may lead?
Simple questions, yet the answers are not so simple.
What is the difference?
As we became adults, have we “outgrown” the ability to imitate? Have we spent so much time trying to establish our own identity that imitation is the farthest thing from our minds?
We do not lose ourselves in imitation. It is how we learn. We imitate our teachers as they tell us about what we must learn. We imitate our peers in social environments so that we can learn what is appropriate. We imitate our bosses so that we can work more efficiently and get that much wanted raise and promotion.
If we profess a faith in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, and a faith in God, then we should strive to learn all that we can. The best way is by imitating what Jesus said and did.
There is an old saying that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Do you flatter God?