Big Idea: Imitate God in all areas of your life.
Ephesians 5.1 (CSB): Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children.
Devotion: We often ask little kids what they want to be when they grow up. It’s a valid question. As a little kid, I wanted to be a meteorologist. I thought that forecasting the weather was the neatest thing since sliced bread. As I got older, I discovered that my character was more important than what I did. I have met men and women of faith that I absolutely admire. I recently told one friend that I would be lucky if I grew up to be half the man he is.
It is good to find qualities in others that we wish to imitate. But even more than that, it is exceptionally good and right to imitate God. We should have a desire to become more like God with each passing day. This does not mean, as some have pointed out, that we can imitate God in his power, knowledge, or presence. But we can imitate God in self-sacrifice and forgiveness.
Notice today’s verse. We are told to imitate God as “dearly loved children.” I often imagine us imitating God as a little boy who wants to follow his dad on a beach by stepping in the footprints of his dad. While the boy can’t always take each step exactly like his dad, he never gives up—he keeps trying.
So, imitate God today as you interact with others and accomplish the tasks before you.
-Who do you look up to in your life? What character traits do you find desirable in them? Why?
-In what areas of your life do you need to imitate God more regularly?
-Pray and ask God to help you imitate him in all areas of your life. Ask him to work in you and through you (Philippians 2.13).
We best imitate Christ as we reflect his love, grace, and mercy.