TRUTH: Revisited – Be Imitators of God

From Rich Little, Tina Fey, Jim Carey, Frank Caliendo, Kate McKinnon, Aries Spears, Shafaat Ali, and the like, many have busted a gut until their ribs have shown after laughing at their impersonations. An impersonator is a person who pretends to be another. The line of impersonators above engage in that area as a means of entertainment, so people can have a good laugh, and the impersonators can make money.

Rather than being entertained, God calls for the TRUTH: Revisited – Be Imitators of God. An imitator retains his/her personhood while seeking to adopt characteristics or attributes of the one being imitated. In Ephesians 5, Paul tells us to be imitators of God or to follow God’s example.

  • Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; (NASB)
  • Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. (NKJV)
  • Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children (NIV)

Regardless of the version of text, we, who profess to be believers or followers of Jesus, are called to imitate or follow Christ’s example. God is incomprehensible, so we cannot fully know Him; however, what we learn about Him through the written Word of God and the living Word of God is vast. If we consider the list of attributes in Philippians 4:8 that Paul tells us to think on whatever is true, noble, right/just, pure, lovely, good repute/admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. We would have a chore trying to imitate those things. TRUTH: Revisited – Be Imitators of God.

For the impersonators, they are well known for how well they sound/look like the original. Likewise, Jesus says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35). In Matthew 22, we learn what attribute should have the greatest priority in terms of where to start imitating God Almighty. When asked what is the greatest commandment, Jesus says, ““‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”” TRUTH: Revisited – Be Imitators of God.

1 Corinthians 13 gives us a more exhaustive list of how love should look in our lives on a daily basis.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away…13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Now, Paul conveys the truth and priority about love just as Jesus did. Perhaps the greatest description of love is that love is not a feeling but a commitment to give at the giver’s expense for the benefit of the recipient. “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

What are we willing to give God? God requires us to give all of ourselves just as He gave all of Himself for our redemption and justification. If we cannot bring ourselves to give all, let’s start with love. Can we be patient with someone today? How about being kind to the person who has bad intentions for you. Try holding back your envy, boasting or pride today. Pick someone to respond today where you are not self-seeking in response to their needs or request. Here’s a novel idea – don’t get so angry at people today especially those who love you most. I could go on, but I think you see the benefit and cause to pursue the TRUTH: Revisited – Be Imitators of God.

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