Ephesians 5:1-2 Be followers of 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.
When I was a little girl I loved to be around my father. I loved everything about him. I even had a nickname for him - he was my “cherry pies”. (it was a simple nickname - I loved cherry pie and I loved my daddy). I found myself imitating the things that he would do, how he would walk, and what he would say.
The word of God in Ephesians 5 tells us to be followers of God. The Greek meaning of followers is: to imitate. This means that we are to imitate our Father in Heaven.
If we study the life of Jesus - we find that he was an overcomer. He overcame the world, sin, satan, and death. He did this by:
Spending much time in prayer. We see him often times getting alone with God - away from the crowds and distractions and praying.
He always spoke TRUTH. He spoke the Word of God. When he was faced with temptations of satan - he used the WORD OF GOD as his weapon.
He spoke with authority. Many times people want to make Jesus look like someone who was so meek and kind, but I see someone who spoke with authority. He knew who he was and he knew that what he said would come to pass.
He loved people. Jesus spent his time loving people and putting importance in others. He wasn’t afraid to touch the leper, or pray for the lame. The Bible tells us that he had compassion and that he wept.
With the guidelines above, ask yourself - are you imitating your Father? None of us are perfect, but that cannot be our excuse forever. As blood washed saints - we are to SET APART, different from the world, and STRIVING to imitate our Lord Jesus.
Dear Jesus - help me each day to be more like you. I want to love like you, speak like you, act like you and be more and more like you with each day. Help me to truly have compassion and love for others. Help me Lord Jesus to understand the authority that I walk in simply because I am our heir. Help me Lord everyday to be more like you. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.