Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! I remember trying to convince my girls of that when they were in elementary and someone would copy their haircut or clothes and somehow they didn’t agree. BUT, to God it is not only flattery but obedience. Jesus was here not only to die on the cross although of course that was the ultimate thing, but He was here for our example. He was here to teach us how to live! We need to imitate him in our attitude toward God as well as showing His love toward others.
Jesus was well known for how He reached out to the down and out and how He protected and loved children. He genuinely cared about the sick and hurting. He didn’t push away the sinner that was down and out He reached out to help. How often do you think we each miss an opportunity to show the love of Christ to someone on a daily basis, I mean genuinely showing it and not some fake imitation? I think we miss out a lot. When you ask someone how they are doing do you really want to know or are you hoping for the usual answer, “fine”?
Have you ever watched an older couple that has been married for years? Sometimes it seems as though they have been together so long they even physically look alike! The more time we spend with God the more we too will start to look like Him. It isn’t that we have to pretend to be like Him it will come natural if we are spending the time getting to know Him and who He is!
I have started praying everyday that God will show me the opportunities to be more like him, to show the love of God to someone so I don’t miss it! I want to be an example of Christ to my family as well as friends. I want to be as much of a reflection of who He is as I can be.
Quote: “Reputation is what others think about you; character is what God knows about you.” Adrian Rogers