Be Imitators

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Ephesians 5:1-2

I really like those verses. They give us a complete picture of the gospel and what our response to it should be. Imitate, to be like, to mimic, to reproduce, to resemble. I had a major aha when I was expecting our second child. I was big, to say the least. There was so much pressure on my lower back that to be able to stand for any time, I put my hands on my hips with my feet slightly apart and baby belly sticking out all over. The pose was bad enough. Then one day I turned to see our almost two year old with the same exact stance. Feet apart, hands on his hips and his little tummy stuck out. I knew exactly where he had learned it. The saying, “more is caught than taught” became real in my life that day.

We should be looking at how Jesus lived his life, how he served, how he gave his life for us. We should be imitators. We should be like little children. Watching every move, imitating every step. Watching a more mature believer live out their faith. Taking to heart the directions given to us in God's Word.

One of the exciting parts of working with the children at Pleasant Dale is to see their excitement and to know that they are learning to live a life of love just as Christ loved us. They are imitating what our teenagers are doing. They are imitating what our adults are doing. They are imitating what their teachers are doing. They are doing what children do best, acting just like those they look up to and are around.

As I was reflecting on the summer, I thought of the members of the Discovery Sunday School Class and how they have invested in the lives our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders. They have been available to help the children put their “Bible book” in order, have brushed up on the books of the Bible and have been mentors and encouraged our children. They have given the children someone to imitate. It was exciting for me to hear about one of the children leaning over to tell a family member, “that's one of my teachers,” when one of these adults was upfront. It is much easier to imitate someone when you spend time with them. It is much easier to mimic someone when you have experience with them. The Discovery class members have been able to begin to reproduce their faith in the lives our children. Kids know when they are cared for and loved and those relationships have been strengthened all summer.

Psalm 145:4, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your might acts.” What a great picture of our church. Watching our adults share with our children and our children sharing with our adults. Let's continue to be a church where each generation is sharing with another what God is doing and how He is working.

Who are you imitating? Are you seeking to resemble Jesus? Who is imitating you? Are you ready for someone to resemble you? You may not be aware of all that someone else is catching from your life. More is caught than taught. Make an effort to follow the example of Jesus and be aware that someone is imitating you.

In Christ, Pastor Olinda