Friday, August 14, 2009

Imitation (Ephesians 5:1-21)

(August 16, 2009 - KNU International English Church)

Some people say, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” In other words, if someone imitates you they are paying you a high compliment.

I guess I should feel pretty flattered, then. Sometimes, Emma tries very hard to be just like me. Sometimes, when we're sitting together reading a book, I'll notice that she has her legs crossed just like I do. Sometimes, I am shocked to hear her say the same words I say. (Usually, they are good words. But most parents know that they have to be really careful what they say around their kids because those kids are sure to say the same things later on!) Sometimes, Emma even gets dressed up in my clothes. [[picture]]

And she even learns quickly when we are wrestling and play boxing. [[video]]

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Imitation is also the highest form of worship. God has made us to be like him, and it pleases him when we are. Let's read Ephesians 5:1-21.

Imitating God – living like God – is best thing we can possibly do. If we follow through the passage, imitating God sounds pretty good:

  • Live a life full of love” (5:2).

  • Be thankful (5:5).

  • Live as people of light” (5:8). Be radiant!

  • Be “good and right and true” (5:9).

  • Be wise (5:16).

  • Make the most of your opportunities and time (5:17).

  • Sing together and make music from your hearts (5:19). Go to Nore Bangs!

  • Tell God, “Thank you,” all the time (5:20).

  • Live together with respect and mutual submission (5:21).

I think we would all agree that this is a beautiful way to live.

But it is also difficult. As beautiful as the God-life is, it is still difficult to actually live it in our day to day lives.

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