The Art of Imitation

 

February 15

 

Read Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

Reflect

What attributes of God do you try to emulate?

 

Young children love to imitate their parents. If you say “So big!” to a toddler and put your hands up over your head, so do they. When you say “dada,” they might try to say it, too. When you clap for them, they start clapping for themselves. Our beloved children learn so much by watching us and being a copycat.

 

Just as young children are trying to figure out how to navigate a brand-new world, as Christians, we have to learn how to navigate through the same old world even though we ourselves have been made brand-new. And Paul suggests a similar strategy that babies have perfected. The art of imitation.

 

Paul says that since we are God’s children, we should imitate Him. We should learn by watching our Father and doing what He does. But how do we know what God does if we can’t see Him? We read Scripture, learn about the attributes of God, and then strive to emulate those.

 

One thing God does is love. 1 John 4:16 says that “God is love.” Therefore, we should also walk in love. The most obvious way that Jesus showed God’s love for us is that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice to God on our behalf. Without this act of love, you and I would never be holy enough to be near to our heavenly Father. Jesus made a way because He loves us.

 

Friends, if you are trying to figure out how to navigate through the same old broken world, look to Jesus. Study Him so that you know Him so well, you can’t help but copy Him. Walk in His ways, step by step. Walk in His love.

 

Pray

Jesus, I want to follow in Your footsteps. I want to walk in love and show the world around me that I have been made new. Help me to imitate You, the perfect example of how to live. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Today, there are so many who are portrayed as leaders and exemplars for our consideration. Lord Jesus, I thank You for coming to me and giving me another choice, the best choice. Your plan is a most excellent one. Help me to become Your biggest imitator.
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Let's be imitators of Christ thereby being the light and salt in this dark world
Amen, let us follow him
I should be imitators of God and Jesus to show the world that we are called out ones.
*THANKYOUJESUS;FOR LOVING US@*
Maureen just remember in that pain The Lord is feeling that pain with you. Letting all go surrendering all to Jesus will set you Free in all ways. Father we pray for Your Healing Presence, Hands to refresh our sister in You that her pain be cleansed away by You OH Lord, In Jesus name Amen
Heavenly Father with each new day I Praise You and Thank You for Loving and Choosing we Your children first. For Your Mercy's and Grace made New each morning. Father one of our greatest weakness is "forgiveness", but by that True showing of Love You gave us through and in Your Life, I Thank You Lord for reminding us no matter what to draw neaier to You we must follow in Your every Mighty Footstep to become more like You. I Thank You Father for knowing us even before You gave us life within You. As You OH God created all things, Please Uplift my Spirit which is You to Truly forgive all things, to do all I/We do with The True Love of You Jesus, today and every New Blessed Day as my #1 goal is to be "Rich" in You alone Father and know Your are my every need, want desire. Thank You Lord for hearing, accepting allowing me to completely let go, giving and surrendering all to You, in Jesus Mighty name Amen
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
I pray to imitate Jesus in all I say and do.
Be still and know that I AM God....you of my favorite verses.
Thank You Jesus For For Loving Me
I love the daily devotions.
I enjoyed this devotional
Lord, you have revealed to me recently what true love is and should be in a relationship. Father, this knowledge was always present but I lacked wisdom and understanding, so I was unable to discern its meaning until now. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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One of the toughest Godly attributes for us to emulate is forgiveness. That is, genuine forgiveness like that of a unconditionally loving parent who forgives a child’s profound wrong.. As God’s children our wrong is sin. Thankfully, our Father and Savior have provided the most profound example of forgiveness for us to follow. Father, you have known me since before the foundation of the world,. Please help me reflect Your glory in this world by leading my spirit to genuinely forgive, as You have taught us... In the name of Your Son, Amen!
I can only continue my journey in spirituality as I yearn to be more like You Father..Amen.🙏🏼💜
Resurrection
Lord Jesus we have sinned against You and against all heaven, we have wandered far from You, We need You Lord to have mercy upon us, cleanse, purge, purify and strengthen us. Daddy God please look upon us in Your mercy and pity us Your children and forgive us all of our sins. Power, Strengthen and fill us with Your love, faith truth and grace by Your Spirit so that we can be everywhit faithful to You in Christ Jesus' wonderful and precious name. Even as we stand here praying we search ourselves in obedience to forgive and remit those who have ought against us. Please remember us for good in Your Kingdom as You make us to be accounted worthy to escape all the things that will come upon the earth and to stand before the Son of man everywhit blameless and faultless before You in Your Love.Amen and thank You for doing it in Jesus ' name. Amem
It is our nature to want positive attention and affirmation. Lord Jesus please help us to reflect your image of love and obedience to the world. So when they give us the attention we crave they will see you. Then you will get the glory that you deserve and not us. The joy of dying to self and reflecting your love is our desire and our honor. Thank you Jesus. Amen
I understand too as I have had the same problems,I pray the Lord will give you relief for your situation and give Him the glory He,so ricjly deserves
Jesus please help us!!!
Lord, I long in my heart to be like you but lately this world and the devil have been actively pulling me away from you. I have allowed it because it seems so right, so sweet, so comfortable to me. That sounds horrible and I know I need your strength to get through this. I need you to reach down and rescue your child...maybe put me in another place. I am ashamed of my witness and I'm ashamed of my feeling. Forgive me merciful God and deliver me from more of the same sinful behavior.
Amen. Help us Lord Jesus
Help me dear Lord to be more and more like Jesus so that when you look down upon me, I’m not seen...my old ways are gone and only the ways of Jesus are there. Also please heal my right elbow and take the pain away according to your will, let it be done.
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Yes, Lord. Please help me be a shining example of love --- the same way Jesus was. I ask this in Jesus name, Amen
*DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER ; JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT HELP ME WITH THIS; THANKYOUJESUS*
Amen. Help me Jesus so to do
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