Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; 2 and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.
-Ephesians 5:1-2 AMP
The start of this passage is titled “instructions for Christian Living.” In Ephesians 5, Paul gives each of us instructions on how to follow God’s example. We are told to become imitators of God. In order to become imitators we first have to know who God is. In order to copy Him and follow His example—we have to know who He is, what His voice sounds like and what He does. Paul goes on to say that we would continually walk in love—that is who God is. (1 John 4:8) Paul is giving us examples and instructions on why we are to follow in His footsteps and what that looks like.
Paul isn’t just speaking to the people of his time. He is speaking to us as well. We are not the exception. We are not disqualified from walking in His ways. I think a lot of times we use the excuse that we are human, we have flaws, and that we can never follow the ways of Jesus because of that. And it is true— we are human, we do live in a broken world and we do have flaws. We aren't Jesus. But we are told to become an imitator of God. To copy Him. To follow Him. In John 14, Jesus says “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.” So right there Jesus tells us that not only will we be doing the works that He has been doing but we will go beyond and do greater works that these. That sounds pretty crazy. We are just college students. We are just “average” 18 and 19 year olds. We were just in high school.
But we have the ability to follow in His ways—but again that takes knowing His ways first. That means reading the bible and gaining greater knowledge of who God is. That takes praying and knowing what His voice sounds like. That takes worshipping and knowing what His presence feels like. Think about your best friend. It took time to know recognize his/her voice out of a crowd. It took time to know how he/she would respond to a situation. Same with Jesus. It is going to take time for you to know Jesus - but it's worth it. It’s worth it He is God. And it’s worth it because the more we walk in ways of Jesus the more we are walking in the full abundance we are made too.
God, thank you for who you are. I ask that you would come and guide us in your ways this week. That we would be more aware of who you are and who we get to be with you. Amen