Be an Imitator – A Devotion by Miriam

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT)

If you have been around children for any time at all, you know they are big imitators of the life going on around them. We have had many laughs over the things our granddaughters say which they have heard one of us say. Thankfully, nothing too terrible. It does remind us to be careful. It also makes us realize we need to be sure we are imitating the Lord so they will see Him in us, and therefore, imitate Him, too.

As a believer, you and I should be aware that our actions and our words are being imitated, or at the very least, watched by those around us. Therefore, we need to be careful to imitate Christ in everything we do. The scripture above says, “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.” Christ loved us so much He died for us. Do we live sacrificially as we go throughout our days? Do we think of overs and their needs, before our own needs? That is definitely one way to imitate Christ.

Another way to imitate Christ is by spending time with the Lord. Mark 1:35 says, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” When we spend time with the Lord each day — reading His word and praying — we will be able to imitate Christ in a more sincere way. As we read His word, asking the Lord to apply it to our lives, we will begin to look more like Christ each day, and that’s our goal as believers, to grow more and more like Christ. One day when I was taking care of our twin granddaughters, I was spending time with Jesus and they walked in the room and wanted to know what I was doing. I told them I was reading God’s word — the Bible — and talking to Jesus. They immediately wanted a Bible so they could read it and talk to Jesus.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, neighbor, student, or friend, someone is watching you today. Will you imitate the Lord? Do your actions point others to Christ? Are you putting the needs of others above yours? Ask the Lord to help you do this and He will.

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