Be Imitators of God - Beloved Women - November 8, 2018
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV
In a hilarious online video, a duckling follows a dog around in circles thinking the dog is its mother. The dog barks at the duck, confused by its behavior. The dits thinking it is a dog, barks back. In the same way, this duck followed the dog, sometimes we are influenced by people we were never meant to follow.
Is there someone in your life that leads you astray? Maybe when you’re with her you find yourself gossiping. Perhaps there’s someone she doesn’t like that you snub when you’re tempted to snub when she is around. This behavior mirrors that of the duckling following the dog.
Our goal isn’t to act like others. Our goal is to be more Christ-like. We should emulate God as his children. When Paul told the Corinthians to imitate him, as he imitated Christ, he reminded us that whatever we may do, we should do all to the glory of God. If our behavior around others isn’t glorying to God, we may need to change the company that we keep. Whose influence do you want in your life?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for counting me among your children, to allow me such a relationship with You. Please remind me when I get off track and give me the guidance and strength to think and act in ways that glorify You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Are you in a relationship that tempts you to compromise your relationship with God?
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Originally published Thursday, 08 November 2018.