Be Imitators of God—Day 2
Ephesians 5: 1, 2
We begin today’s devotional picking up where we left off yesterday. The scripture says, “Therefore be imitators of God.”
The Greek word for imitators is mimētēs, mim-ay-tace. The word means to copy the words or behavior of another. The word also speaks of one who impersonates characters.
So, to be an imitator of God is to, with deliberate intention, seek to copy his words and his behavior.
How do we mimic the ways or character of God without a behavior change? Have you ever observed someone make a pretense of godliness? One of the first things to notice is a pious display of mannerisms.
Why is that? Perhaps it seems easier to pretend to be holy than it is to actually walk in holiness.
This devotional passage makes it clear that believers are to make God the pattern for our lives. We are not expected to create or follow our own pattern for living. That much has already been decided for us.
Life becomes a lot easier for us knowing all we are expected to do is live out or mimic what we see in God or his holy Word.
When I watch my children mimic my actions, it requires no thought but a willingness to copy what they see. For us, that is all that is expected.
Question: Will we willingly walk out what we see in the word of God?
Many believers have become accustomed to picking and choosing what will be followed in God’s Word. However, that is not suitable behavior for those of us who are expected to imitate God.
Naturally, because we are God’s creation and not God himself, we will fall short in imitating God in a lot of things. However, the writer of our passage makes it emphatically clear that we are to imitate God when it comes to forgiving and loving others.
Question: How well are we doing with forgiving and loving others?
Often we can struggle when it comes to forgiving those who have offended us, and it can be difficult to extend love to unloveable people. However, to struggle in those areas of our life speaks of our lack of commitment to following the patterns of activity God has established.
When he is the one we desire to copy, it is not as hard as we think to imitate his forgiveness and expression of love.
Lord, it is our prayer that our forgiveness of others and expression of love will mirror you and bring you glory, Amen.