“Do as God would do. Much-loved children want to do as their fathers do. Live with love as Christ loved you. He gave Himself for us, a gift on the altar to God which was as a sweet smell to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (New Life Version)
Often the first person we imitate is our parents or guardian. This happens the first few months of life. A baby recognizes the parents face and learns gestures and facial expressions from them. A baby learns to smile because the parent smiles at the child. To imitate means to follow as a pattern or to be or appear like the person copied. The Latin root of the word comes from the word image.
As we grow up and become teenagers, we strive to imitate celebrities, peers, and people we think are cool. Even as adults, we look to imitate other people who work alongside us or seem to have things we want. Who should we be imitating though? We should be imitating God. He is the image we should strive to be like. It makes sense doesn’t it? We are made in His image and He is our Father. So, ask yourself this week as you go about your life, who are you imitating? Strive to do as God would do. Live a week following after Him and imitating His actions.