A Desire To Imitate Christ

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:1-4 (NKJV)

The eleventh chapter of the book of 1 Corinthians opens up with, Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”  What a powerful statement made by the Apostle Paul – imitate me.  But it wasn’t just, “Imitate me,” he also added, “Just as I imitate Christ.”  Paul had a great passion to imitate Jesus so he could therefore say with confidence to others who were in his life and who witnessed his actions, “Imitate me.”  I guess this all leads up to the question we must ask ourselves throughout each day, which is—“Could I say to others around me – those who are witnessing my actions and countenance – imitate me?”

The word imitate used in this verse comes from the Greek word, “mimetes,” mim-ay-tace´ and it implies both imitation, and to be a follower.  

So in essence, by making this bold statement, we would be asking others to followour example.  This is a great mirror of accountability for us, as Christian men and women, as we must examine our own actions and attitudes before we can say, “Follow me”to others.  

· We must look at how we are talking to others – is it edifying?

· We must look at how we are acting around others – is it beneficial to them and honoring to God?

· We must look at our countenance – is it honestly reflecting joy, peace, love, and happiness, or do we have a scowl, anger, worry, or doom and gloom written upon our face?

· We must always be willing to examine ourselves if we are to see the areas where we need to submit to God and allow Him to transform us.  

The apostle Paul knew this, and in his second letter to the church of Corinth, he encouraged followers of Christ to, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Cor 13:5). John the Baptist knew this truth as well. John rightly said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). John was speaking of the attributes, attitude, and heart of Jesus increasing in his own life, and for his fleshly selfish nature to decrease.  

Can we say this is our desire as well – to have Jesus increase in our life, and for the sinful nature within our flesh to decrease? Are we willing to allow God to change us, and to make us more like His Son? 

I want to encourage you today to be willing to examine your life – being willing to look at it through the lense of God’s Word. If we do this we will be able to see things much more clearly. God has promised to complete this transformation in our lives (Phil. 1:6), but we must be willing to get out of His way and allow Him to do this work. Let’s choose to live our lives in such a way so others will truly see Jesus in us, and in our selfless actions.  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ephesians 5:1-4, who are we to be imitating; how are we to be walking, and what are we to abstain from?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to transform you to be more like Christ? Can you see areas within your life where He must increase and you must decrease?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Allow God to increase in those areas of your life where you may be struggling. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for being faithful to transform me to be more like Jesus. Jesus, thank You for coming into my life.  Father, I want to decrease in those areas where I am struggling and I desire for Jesus to increase in these areas. Help me to see things like You do. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott 



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