i’ve been studying Ephesians this month…


 i’m in Chapter 5 and i read this today.

So imitate God.

and in the simplicity of that i spent about 5 minutes thinking.  what exactly does it mean to imitate?

so i looked up the definition.

im·i·tate

–verb (used with object), -tat·ed, -tat·ing.

1.
to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example: to imitate an author’s style; to imitate an older brother.
2.
to mimic; impersonate: The students imitated the teacher behind her back.
3.
to make a copy of; reproduce closely.
4.
to have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble.
 
so which is it that we do?  i believe we should completely follow Jesus as our model, our example. 
i don’t believe mimic is a good definition.  and impersonate is even worse.  we do that on our own.  we impersonate God when we impose our own will. 
make a copy?  it could work, we are created in His image, but i also believe He has created us special. more of a reflection, not a copy.
i think i like definition 4, to assume the appearance of.  to resemble.  in other words we should look like Him. 
 
i guess the best metaphor for me, would be describing a father and son. 
when a son looks like his father or shows his tendencies,  people will say, he’s a chip off the old block, or like father like son.  my sons (both adopted) want to be so much like me, they both do the things i do.  they both like to act like they play the guitar and they love to sing.  they even adopt my bad habits much to my dismay.  they have become imitators of their dad.  they are not me, but they resemble me.  the beauty of resembling God is that He has no faults so when we endeavor to be like Him, we will be transformed into something  good and new.  we will never be Him, but we can have His fullness in us when we have faith that He can complete the work.  and what is that work? that we would be conformed into the image of His son.
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