“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2
We are to be imitators of God as children are. Why did he not say ‘be imitators as adults?’
As we age further into adulthood, we often become half-hearted in our ways. What was once exciting as children, now has become routine and often mundane. We ponder our actions prior to moving on them because we have learned to be more cautious from our experiences. We become more concerned about what others will think and conditioned to not offend. Surprisingly enough, it seems that we become more embarrassed to be different as we mature. We want to camouflage in with our surroundings.
In contrast, how do children imitate? They are quick to respond and very enthusiastic about it. They don’t ponder the outcome before stepping in the game as they are trusting of their leader and want to do exactly what he does. They don’t think about the embarrassment about what they are doing and how it looks to others. They only care about keeping up with their leader and they receive great joy in imitating.
We are to be imitators of God as BELOVED children are.
Beloved children are deeply loved and secure in all that they do. Even the thought of messing up doesn’t really occur to them because they know that if they do, they’ll be forgiven and immediately back on track. They understand the concept of unconditional love and because of it, they are confident and consistent in their actions. The love and know how to love. They are filled with joy, peace, and comfort.
- “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
If you’ve given your life to Jesus Christ, you are now a confident, dearly loved child of God. As a child, we need to think like a child, step in the game, and follow the very actions and directions of our Savior without question. He will not lead us astray.
Thank you, Father, for accepting us as your very own children. Help us to remember to seek you and imitate you as a child would. Remove our doubts, worries, and embarrassments and let us turn our focus from ourselves to you in all that we do. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.