My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the LORD.
(Psalms 119:1 NASB)
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart.
(Psalms 119:2 NASB)
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
(Ephesians 5:1 NASB)
and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up
for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
(Ephesians 5:2 NASB)
The question of discipleship is one that is frequently discussed.
Paul was concerned about the new believers in Ephesus, that they would
learn how to grow in their spiritual lives. He didn't expect them to
simply go to church on Sundays and think that this was enough for their
new-found faith. Instead, Paul had some pretty lofty expectations for
them, that they were to be imitators of God. We may or may not want to
admit that we are imitators of our earthly parents. There are certain
characteristics that we have learned from them and we literally mimic
them. Children often try to grow up and be like their parent. Soon
after Chuck and I were married he looked at me and said, "I thought I
was marrying someone that was like Alice but now I realized I've married
Jerald!" He was teasing me but it was after an incident in which he
could see my dad in me. The same must be true for followers of God. He
is our heavenly father and we are to be imitators of God because we are
his dearly beloved children. "I want to grow up and be like daddy!"
What does Daddy look like? He is a God of love and therefore we are to
walk in love just like Jesus. As a parent there are moments when you're
excited to see your children doing things that you would do (let's hope
good things) and it makes you feel good.
God feels the same way about
us and when we imitate him it becomes a fragrant offering to him.
The Psalmist speaks the same as Paul. Even in the days of the Old
Testament humanity was encouraged to walk in the ways of the Lord. By
being imitators of God we become singularly focused, seeking him with
all our hearts. The result is a disciple who looks like his/her Master.
Our spiritual discipline must include becoming imitators of God.
We are not supposed to live in some kind of a vacuum where we simply
wait for God to transform us but we are to participate in the process.
We are to follow after him, we are to imitate him, we are to seek him
with all of our hearts. When we do that we grow spiritually and in that
spiritual journey we become partakers of the divine nature. We
actually begin to take part in him -- and therefore he is in us! The
result is an incredible synergy in which God and human come together
through the power of the Holy Spirit and there is transformation here
and now, in this lifetime. This is the hope that we all find in seeking
him with all of our hearts and walking after his ways.
The question before each one of us is whether we will put forth the
effort to be an imitator of God, and if so, what does that look like?
Our spiritual life must be a priority. Being transformed must be a
priority. Allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives must be a
priority. Imitating God must be a lifestyle. This is true
Lord, please help me to imitate you today in all of my interactions. Amen.