Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If I must imitate someone, why not Jesus? Who better to model my life? Sometimes we get enamored by individuals we don’t even know beyond what they allow us to see. Jesus we know! He avails Himself to us through His word. Any circumstance or any challenge He faced there is an account of His conduct…it is written! I want to be like Jesus.
Ephesians 5:1-5 (ESV)
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
The woman caught in the very act of adultery wasn’t judged by Jesus; He loved her enough to save her life and give her sound counsel (go and sin no more)- I want to be like that!
Judas sat and dined with the Lord. He was privy to His plans and instructions. He was counted as a disciple of Christ but living with a love for money deeply rooted in his heart. Even with a betrayer in His midst, breaking bread with Him, performing ministry with Him-Jesus never shifts from what His Father called Him to do- I want to be like that!
The Canaan woman who came to Jesus to ask for deliverance for her demon-possessed daughter begged at His feet for mercy. Jesus sees her great faith even though His assignment was for the lost sheep of Israel. He saw her faith beyond her pedigree and gave her the desire of her heart-I want to be like that! I want to love like Jesus that I may see past sin; see past betrayal; see past pedigree and see the heart of an individual. He never stopped ministering even when He knew some hearts were not going to change.
Today’s passage speaks to imitating God’s love and being aware of the conduct that will cause you to lose your inheritance. The acts of conduct mentioned in the passage are not alive in me, but there are other acts that are wherein I need His love to cover and to imitate. I don’t always see past your sin or your betrayal or your wicked heart, and I’ve shifted from my position of authority based on someone else’s conduct on a number of occasions. These are the acts I’ve had to purposefully, intentionally and deliberately identify when they are alive and at work in me.
Thank God for His Holy Word that identifies the conduct becoming of a disciple of Christ. Grow to know God’s love, a love so great that He gave His only Son for us. Now that LOVE lives in us, willing us to do what brings Him pleasure. That love should be so fragrant and fruitful that it produces in us joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. When we walk in the love of God and produce His character in our walk, we are never bound or restrained by anything or anyone. I want to be just like that!