“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.” —Ephesians 5:1
A wife invited some people to dinner.
At the table, she turned to her six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?”
“I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied.
“Just say what you hear Mommy say,” she answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”
Whether you like it or not, someone is following your example. Looking up to you for direction. Copying your attitudes, actions, and reactions. Because you claim Christ, you better be living a life that points to Him!
According to the Apostle Paul, here are some characteristics of a life worth emulating:
“But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict” (1 Thessalonians 2:2).
In a world where there is great opposition to the things of God and faith, it is imperative to be courageous. To stand up for what is right. To champion the Bible. To share your faith with lost souls.
“For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed — God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ” (1 Thessalonians 2:3-6).
A lack of sincerity will not win you friends or influence people. No one wants to be manipulated or flattered. If you want to be a credible person, you must seek Jesus deeply! Know His Word. Be authentic. Operate with pure motives — be a person of integrity and great character.
“But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us” (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8).
Caring people are worth emulating! Be someone who looks out for the needs of others and responds accordingly. Act selflessly. Share the love of Christ as often as possible. This type of behavior shouldn’t be reserved for friends, co-workers, and neighbors. It must start at home first! Your children and grandchildren are watching … and learning from you!
My prayer this week—Lord, help me imitate you so that I might become a person worth emulating! I know my children or grandchildren are watching me, and I want my attitudes and actions to point to you always.