Thursday, October 18, 2012

Imitating?

     Who are we, as believers, called to be?
     Ephesians 5:1-2, "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and grave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." 
     We are called to be imitators of God. And we can't just read verses 1-2 without noticing the 'therefore'... back up a little in Ephesians 4 and we see it ending with, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you." 
     We are called to forgive, as Christ forgave and to be kind and compassionate.
     Does this describe your life? How are you living right now? Are you being an imitator of Christ?
     Can someone look at you and say, "Wow, they have something different about them."?
     Are you kind? Compassionate? Forgiving?
     This is who we are believers, as followers of Christ Jesus, are called to be.
     Lately I've been asking myself who I've been imitating...and often the answer comes back that I'm not imitating Christ like I should be.
     It's so easy to fall into the trap and temptations of this world. But we're to be 'in the world and not of it'. (Romans 12:2, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.")
     To be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
     Our hearts and mind should be solely focused on how we can be serving Christ, how we can be imitating Him.
     What's your focus?
     Who are you imitating?

...just my thoughts of the morning. :)

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