Your life’s pattern
Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. Ephesians 5:1
Who do you pattern your life after? Chances are if you are like most people, you imitate others who have influenced your life the most, either intentionally or unknowingly. Maybe it’s one of your parents, or a close relative. Maybe it is a respected leader or mentor. Maybe its your favorite actor or tv personality. Whatever the case is, most of us are acting like someone we have seen and heard at some point in our lifetime.
Today’s text gives us the ultimate example to follow. It says to imitate or act like God does. What? Is that even possible? God has given each of us gifts and abilities to do His work while we are here in this world. These gifts and abilities actually come directly from Him and are abilities that He, Himself possesses (on a much grander scale of course). In discovering our God-given gifts and talents and then using them for kingdom progress, we are in effect imitating God. Just as a child looks at their parent to copy their behavior, we can look at God and His Word to see how we should be behaving. The commands and direction God gives us in His Word are not given so that He can control our behavior. He gives us these instructions because it is the way He lives and exists. He is showing us the way to imitate Him by the directives He gave in His Word.
Verse two of this chapter goes on to tell us when we imitate God as a dear child, we will walk in love just like Jesus did to the point of giving our lives as an offering and sacrifice to God. Not that we have to die for our sin as Jesus did, now we give our lives to God to live for Him and be His representative in the world around us. When we do this, we become a sweet-smelling aroma to Him. It means it pleases Him and is pleasant in His eyes.
Today I want to encourage you to imitate God and pattern your life after His. He is alive and living in heaven today. He is successful in everyway and desires for us to be also. When we do our best to model our lives after Him and ask for His help to do it, we will begin to experience the satisfaction and completeness in life that He planned for us all along. Pay attention to your thoughts, attitudes and actions today and ask yourself, am I acting like God in doing these things? Soon you will be weeding out all the undesirable things in your life that bring destruction instead of joy.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 5:1-7