Imitators of God

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love…” Ephesians 5:1

Imitators of God

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love…” Ephesians 5:1

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As we have learned from Romans 12:1-2 we are not to be pressed into the world’s mold but, like a butterfly, go through a metamorphosis. This reminds me of the Maybrook preschool class that had raised some butterflies from larva. As the entire class went out to the nature center to release the butterflies, they caught the attention of a hungry bird. As the teacher released the butterflies and the class looked on, the bird swooped in and helped itself to lunch. No one said changing into the men and women that God desires us to be is an easy task; there are a lot of hungry birds around.

So how do we succeed in this task of being imitators of God? The first 21 verses of Ephesians five provide an excellent framework to help us through this metamorphosis. Paul reminds us in verse eight that we were “formally darkness but now we are Light in the Lord.” The Greek term for darkness, “skotos,” carries the idea of darkened eyesight or blindness. Part of the transformation that we as believers go through is to have our spiritual blindness removed. Through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are able to discern (see) the deeds of darkness and expose them.

Due to our old sin nature, Paul knows he needs to warn us to be careful how we walk “not as unwise men but as wise.” We are not to be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is. Not to get drunk with wine but be filled with the Spirit. Our bodies are the temples of the living God not an amusement park open 24 hours to satisfy our desires. Our hearts should be focused on praising Him and giving thanks for His grace.

I'm convinced that gratitude is the single greatest act of personal worship we can render to God. Such a thankful attitude is impossible in our own strength, but as the Holy Spirit indwells us, He graciously and mercifully enables us to be thankful “at all times,” without exception. It follows that if a spirit–filled believer is enabled to give thanks “at all times,” he will also be strengthened to give thanks “for all things,” even hungry birds.