Be Imitators of God—Day 5

By on Jul 20, 2018 in Be Imitators of God |

Be Imitators of God—Day 5 Ephesians 5: 1, 2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” We conclude this week’s devotional meditating on God’s sacrificial gift to us, his Son. God gave up his Son, Jesus Christ. Christ gave up his life as an offering of payment for our sin debt. Believers are expected to follow suit and be willing to offer up a sacrifice. A sacrifice is not something that is done half-heartedly. When a sacrifice is made, it presents the thought of something done that is irreversible. When God gave his Son, it was not a half-hearted sacrifice. When Christ gave his life, it was not a half-hearted sacrifice. Question: What are we willing to sacrifice for his glory? I would suggest, perhaps one of the reasons it is...

Be Imitators of God—Day 4

By on Jul 19, 2018 in Be Imitators of God |

Be Imitators of God—Day 4 Ephesians 5: 1, 2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” I have always enjoyed watching courtroom shows on television. Something I have learned about court is, the opposition is always working hard to discredit any and all witnesses. What good is a witness if their testimony is discredited? Our devotional passage says, “And walk in love, just as Christ also loved you.” How do we convince others of the goodness of God as well as convince them of their need for a Savior? It is how we live our life that determines if we are credible witnesses—our credibility is just or even more important than what we say or do. “And walk in love.” The word walk comes from a word in Greek that means,...

Be Imitators of God—Day 3

By on Jul 18, 2018 in Be Imitators of God |

Be Imitators of God—Day 3 Ephesians 5: 1, 2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, and offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”  Early converts did not have examples of Christian living. Therefore, Paul would encourage them to follow his example as he followed Christ. Even today, one of the best ways to help others grow in their relationship with the Lord is for them to see evidence of God in us. Our verbal message is worthless if it contradicts our practice. Our children, family members, co-workers, neighbors and even those we do not know learn much when they watch us imitate our Savior. In our devotional passage the writer reminds us that to imitate our heavenly Father’s forgiveness and love is evident that we are his children. Question: What evidence do we have...

Be Imitators of God—Day 2

By on Jul 17, 2018 in Be Imitators of God |

Be Imitators of God—Day 2 Ephesians 5: 1, 2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” 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...

Be Imitators of God

By on Jul 16, 2018 in Be Imitators of God |

Be Imitators of God Ephesians 5: 1, 2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” There is a popular false notion embraced by many professing believers in Christ. This false belief is that the way I live has no bearing on my relationship with God. In other words, although they profess to believe in Christ, it is not reflected in how they live. It is saddening to see how subtly the enemy has crept into the lives of church people and convinced them that God is pleased with them despite their conduct. I have been blessed to have five children. Each one of my children are dear to me; and without reservation, my life is lived to please God and take care of my children. Nevertheless, their inappropriate behavior is never overlooked,...