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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 7, 2010 - Just Like Daddy

By Greg Ebie

With five children, you can only imagine how often we have heard someone say something like, “She has her mommy’s nose,” or “He looks just like his daddy.” The comparisons between parents and children abound. But such similarities don’t stop with appearance. Children are also copycats of their parents’ behavior and mannerisms.

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1, NIV).

“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents” (Ephesians 5:1, The Message).

Paul is not making a suggestion or merely stating his opinion. We can’t just take it or leave it. As Christians, we are to imitate God. It is an imperative command that requires obedience.

If you and I are going to imitate God, it requires action. We cannot just meditate upon God’s Word, nor can we simply ponder what it means to live like Jesus. Regardless of how elementary our understanding of how God would act, we are to act the same way. We are to mimic God; that is to say, we are to resemble God in what we say and do.

How can we reproduce God in our day-to-day lives? I’ve never seen God, so how can I emulate the Lord in my life? Jesus is God with skin on. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to be like Jesus. Study God’s Word and put what it says into practice. As James says, “Do not merely listen to the word. … Do what it says” (James 1:22, NIV). In other words, act on what you know to do. We can also follow the example of other believers who have learned to practice godliness in their lives. These are all ways we can begin to imitate God, but the key is to take action today to be as much like God as you can be.

Now I don’t know about you, but imitating God sounds kind of intimidating to me. I mean, what if I mess up and get it wrong? Fear not! I’ve got good news for you.

We are to imitate God “as dearly loved children.” God is our Heavenly Father. We can follow in Daddy God’s footsteps. God smiles when He sees His children acting like Him. And when we fall, He is right there to pick us up and brush us off and help us make a fresh start. Our Heavenly Father forgives us and is right by our side to help us live just like Him.

Let’s live today with the hope that others will say, “You are just like your Daddy.”

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.



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