|Posted on October 11, 2010 at 6:06 PM|
Ephesians.5.1 writing to the Christians at Ephesus the apostle Paul gives them a challenge to imitate God. To be like God. A challenge to you and me. We are not God, but God lives inside of each true believer. To qualify what I am saying here you have to be born of the Spirit of God to be able to understand what the apostle is writing of.(Jn.3.3) Jesus answered and said to him, “ Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” Including women and children.
Only then can you be an imitator of God. Looking closely at what Paul is hinting at here is the choice of doing what is right from the heart. You can do things without your heart being in it. Not only that you can refuse. Do it gladly pleasing God.
I believe that is the cut and thrust of what Paul is speaking of to you and me. Luke records what Jesus said to his disciples including us. (Lk.6:36)Making the point of what we are to be like. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” Because we are His children and being His children we are to show his nature. (I.Pet.1: 14-16.) “…as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear ;( Fear meaning not to be terrified but in awe of who he the Father is, he is God, and to give Him due reverence befitting His person.) 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers.) I believe that spells out exactly what God our Father looks for from each of us. Let us go out and serve Him today with gladness and joy.