Thursday, April 23, 2015

Imitate God!

Imitate God!



Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children.  Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.  He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.--------Ephesians 5:1-2



These are the Apostle Paul’s words to the Ephesians, as instructions on how they should live their lives, as Children of the Most High God.  They are very applicable to God’s Children today.  


He tells us that we need to IMITATE God, in EVERYTHING we do, because we are His dear children.  How can we IMITATE God?  Well, Paul tells us that we should LIVE a life filled with LOVE, and we do this by, FOLLOWING the example of Christ. 


In order to follow Christ, and do as He does, we need to KNOW Him, not just KNOW OF Him, but to KNOW Him in our HEART and to belong to His family.  In a family, the children usually IMITATE their parents, little boys IMITATE their dads and little girls IMITATE their moms.  And they do this because of their relationship and closeness with the parent.   They take on the personality of that parent and mimic their ways, whether they are good or bad.  That is why it is SO IMPORTANT for parents to set the proper example. 


When we have a CLOSE RELATIONSHIP with our Heavenly Father, we should strive to MIMIC or IMITATE Him and we do this by following the example of Jesus Christ, which is an AWESOME task, of which, we can’t do on our own, so God provided a HELPER, the Holy Spirit, who gives us the ability to IMITATE God.  And therefore, we are able to live a life filled with love, not just any love, but AGAPE LOVE or GODLY LOVE, which is what Christ has for mankind, He loved us SO much that He SACRIFICED Himself for our SALVATION.


What manner of love is this?  That this man could lay down His life for those who showed Him nothing but hatred and contempt, yet He WILLINGLY offered His life to save their souls.  Christ TRULY IMITATED the LOVE that God has for the crown of His creation.  And His Children NEEDS to follow that example of IMITATING GOD, by being OBEDIENT to Him and allowing His Spirit to work in our lives.


If you have never given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you can’t possibly IMITATE Him, but instead, you most likely, are IMITATING the devil and following his depraved example which will lead you straight into Hell.  However, you NOW have the opportunity to change your actions and follow Christ by: CONFESSING your sins to God and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE, in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and start IMITATING God, and live your life filled with His LOVE.  Do it NOW, while you STILL can.  He’s waiting!!!

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