“Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery.” - Charles Caleb Colton
Have you ever noticed that as your kids grow up to be adults, they do and say things very similar to you? You hear them use expressions, or have values that came straight from the horses mouth? (Or in my case, straight from the donkey’s mouth!)
We naturally imitate those we look up to. If you find a leader with great charisma, you will find people imitating them. When people see something they admire or feel is of value, they will naturally want to have the same qualities in their life.
How To Be An Imitator of God
Paul talked about being an imitator of God in Ephesians 5:1 He said for us to be the imitators of God. So I started thinking this morning. What ways can I mimic God? Now I am not just talking about actions because actions come from motives. I am the type of person that looks not just on the surface, but what propels us to do the things we do. I have found when I understand the inside workings of my heart, the outside actions take care of themselves. So maybe a better way to phrase this question is, What motivates God to do the things He does, and how can I imitate and incorporate that motive into my life.
God is motivated by love
It comes down to one thing! God is motivated by love.
- He is so motivated by love that He gave and still gives. All of you remember John 3:16 For God so loved, He Gave! He gave the most treasured and important gift a father can give to someone. His own Son. Now that is so different than our culture teaches. Our culture teaches that we should get, take, hoard, and protect. But God gave!
- He is so motivated by love that He is committed to us. Love is not an emotion alone with God, but it is a choice. No matter whether we are making Him feel good or saddened, He chooses to love us unconditionally. To the point that He has made the commitment that nothing can separate us from that love. Romans 8:38-39 He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Again in our culture of fickle commitments, isn’t it refreshing to know someone will always stay with us?
- He is so motivated by love that He uses His omniscience (all knowing) and omnipotence (all powerful) attributes that He has, to work out a plan for our lives that will bring us the greatest good and true success that we so desperately need and want. Just like us earthly fathers, our heavenly father tries to lead His children down good paths, with the exception that He sees the future, and He has unlimited resources at His disposal to make it happen.
- He is so motivated by love, that although it breaks His heart, He will discipline us if we are about to get burned. Did any of you parent’s have a child that wanted to play with fire? I did! I remember I got a book of matches and was trying to start a campfire under a tree in our front yard. I was only 4 or 5 years old. Good thing my mother caught me in time! I would have burned the tree down, the house down and who knows what else! Well it is the same way with our heavenly father! He disciplines us when we are heading down a path that will lead to destruction. Hebrews 12:3-11
I don’t know about you, but as for me, I want to be an imitator of God. I am challenged by this depth of love. Just last night, I was getting ready to go to bed and I got messaged by a guy from India named Sammy. He was trying to get me to donate money to their church building fund. (now I may have been born at night, but I wasn’t born last night) and I know that there are many people out there from any country that want to use any method to obtain money because they have given themselves over to the god of money. Yet what does love do? It gives. Not of money in this case because that would be detrimental, but of time. I spent at least 45 minutes with him loving him enough to give enough benefit of the doubt that he had a real need and give him practical solutions to the problem of their church needing repairs. I gave him solutions that he could accomplish if the need was real, without giving him what he was first asking for. Now I do not know if Sammy was for real or not, but if he was, then he now has a plan of action to solve his problem.
Isn’t that how God treats us? We come to Him with a need, and normally He gives us an answer that is not what we exactly came for but it is exactly what we needed?
What about you? How are you imitating God?
It gives us all something to think about!