Imitators of God – Kim Day
During one of our staff meetings, Pastor Gearl led us to Ephesians to challenge us to walk in love! Ephesians 5:1-2 says “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”. God is love! And when we choose to follow Him, we must also be love. But it’s more than just loving those who we want to love and who are easy to love. We must go beyond that and give off the sweet aroma of Christ’s love to everyone we encounter!
Paul writes that we must “be imitators of God”. There are so many imitations in this world and so many people seeking to imitate someone who will never produce any fruit in their life; instead we should be imitating the One who calls us “beloved children” and gave Himself as a loving sacrifice- Jesus! Jesus is the fragrant aroma, the fruit producing, mercy showing, fierce love that we should be imitating! Others should smell a sweet aroma when they are around us because we are walking in love and showing Christ’s love. In order to imitate Christ’s love you have to personally know him and seek Him daily; grow in your knowledge of who Christ is and try to grasp how amazing His love is for us!
Paul then goes on to explain in verses 15-21 how we accomplish the commandment to “be imitators of God and to walk in love”. He first tells us to be careful in how we walk. The advisory is on the prowl so be careful in your steps. Then when we are careful, we need to be wise. To be wise is to seek out God’s wisdom and see things through His eyes and not our own. When we are wise we then have understanding. This kind of understanding is not one in which we have all the answers but instead we have the affirmation that God is in it. I’ll say it again- seek Affirmation not an answer! And once we have understanding, we then need to be thankful. Verse 20 says “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. We need to underline the words always and all things! We don’t just thank God when He gives us what we want or when things are easy; we must continually give thanks to God in everything we go through. There is power in giving thanks, you shift your focus from yourself or a “problem” to the only solution- Jesus…Jesus is what we should be most thankful for!
So now I’m challenging you to walk in love! Be careful, be wise, be understanding, and be thankful! Seek, pray, study the Word and discover who God truly is and imitate Him! Let your aroma be sweet and not stinky!
Kim Day – Preschool Director – One Heart Church