“Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (AMP)
As I studied these verses this week I thought how children often love to imitate their parents. I remember seeing my actions (good and bad) mirrored in my children when they were playing with friends. Imitations often come naturally, from careful observations. It’s been said that no one knows a mother’s face better than her child, for they have carefully studied that face out of love and know each expression and what they convey to the child. I’ve thought of Paul’s exhortation in Roman’s 12:1-2:
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…”
Two different passages, yet each speak of how we are to walk as “children of Light” (Eph 5:8) Careful study of both passages also makes it very clear, that each command is impossible to achieve without the help of God’s Spirit. We couldn’t possibly succeed without His aid, but thanks be to God, that He has already given us all we need to not only succeed, but to shine! All we need is to turn to Him and seek His aid. Let’s pray:
Father, You have called us to be like You, and I know we can’t possibly do that by ourselves. We are called to be holy as You are holy, merciful as You are rich in mercy, perfect as You are perfect. But there is no one attribute more recommended to our imitation than that of Your goodness, faithfulness and love. We are to be imitators of You, Father – to resemble You in every grace, and especially in Your love, for You are love; and those that dwell in love dwell in You and You in them. No wonder it is necessary that Christ come to live in us, and necessary that the Holy Spirit empowers us, for we are completely dependent upon Your divine resource, or we would fail daily if it were left up to us alone. Therefore we come before You and cry,
‘Come Holy Spirit, come. As the sun is full of light and the heavens full of glory, I pray I would be filled with Thee. Fill me beyond measure to overflowing.
Come Lord Jesus as power to expel every rebellious lust and make me wholly Yours.
Come as Teacher leading me into all truth and filling me with all understanding.
Come as love that I may love Thy Father above all else and love others more than I do myself.
Come filling me with joy and peace in-spite of the trials and circumstances I find myself in.
Come as Light, illuminating the Scriptures and dispelling the false teachings of this world.
Come Lord Jesus as Helper to strengthen and direct each step I take.
Come as Friend, may I walk beside You, confident and assured that You’re here to reassure me of each next step, catching hold of my hand when I falter and setting me right again.
Come Lord Jesus, come and together may we shine the light of the Gospel to all those who continue to walk in darkness, and may they by draw by the light and love that can only come from You. For Your glory and honor and in Your name I pray. Amen.’