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“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Eph 5:1-2 (NIV)

“Follow God’s example in everything you do, because you are his dear children, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him.  Eph 5:1-2 (NLT)

There is an old, old saying that says imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  In today’s world, look around us. Take for example the physical world we live in. Somebody comes out with a new line of apparel that catches the eye of the buying public. Everyone has to have one. A recent example are the new athletic shoes that were designed by J.J. Watt of the Texans. In a day the initial production were all sold. It won’t be long and some other company will bring out a very similar shoe.

Imitation can be representation of love. Scripture tells us to be “imitators of God, true imitators, dearly loved children, living a life of love for others as God loved us.”

Scripture gives many instructions on imitating our Heavenly Father.

Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29 (NLT)

“For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” John 13:15 (English Standard Version)

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…”  Philippians 2:5 (NIV)

Don’t fight the crowd to be the first to get the latest model. Jesus is always there and there is always enough for everyone. Don’t wait for the copy of the original at a cheaper price. He has already paid the price for us on the cross.

Lord, thank you for being the perfect example, the original, that doesn’t get any better. Create in me a desire to dig deeper into your Holy Word to learn how you lived your life, so that I may be imitators of you, “a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”Give me endurance and encouragement in my daily life. Help me to be strong, but timid and meek. Teach me to be your servant so that I may be a servant to others. Teach me how to forgive others as you forgave me.

Author: Tom Behrens