Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
I love my kids. I love how much my son or daughter just love to be with me. One of the rewarding stages of parenthood is when your kid tries to put on your shoes or wear your hat. They try to be like dad. Kids learn a majority of their behaviors by imitating us, their parents. That is a scary thought isn’t it!?
Our kids follow the example we set. They do it innocently because they just want to be like us.
We should have the same childlike approach with God that our kids have with us.
Our kids don’t see our flaws so when they imitate us they are pure in their motive.
Our God has no flaws so we can have the same childlike faith to imitate God just as a little child.
If God goes right, we go right. Kids don’t make imitation complicated. We, adults, make it complicated. Kids don’t question they just go with it. However, we won’t go until all questions have been thoroughly answered and a contingency plan is in place.
Then some might have the question, “how do we imitate god who we can’t see?” It’s a good question that has an answer when we look at Jesus.
Jesus is God in human form. He said if we see him we see the Father. Paul says we can imitate God by following Jesus.
To walk in the way of love is to follow the example Jesus set as he walked a gruesome walk of love. A walk that put our interests ahead of his. A walk that brought the king off his throne to enter our mess to rescue us from the mess of sin.
What example are we to follow? The example that Jesus have up everything so we can share everything with Him.
My next step:
Simply follow Jesus as a child.