Ephesians 5:1-21 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God...
think about it.
How would you describe Christ's love for you (5:1-2)? What characteristics stand out to you about walking in love (5:2-8), in light (5:8-14) and in wisdom (5:15-21)? What evidence is there in your life that you walk in love? In light? In wisdom?
Paul doesn't pull any punches and that's certainly true in Ephesians 5:1-20. His opening words pretty much lay it out for us. "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children" (Ephesians 5:1).
As I thought about this charge from Paul, the game Cranium came to mind. Cranium is a board game played in teams where the teams have to solve problems based on categories. My favorite category is called "Star Performer." How it works is one person from the team draws a card with a person's name on it. They then have to act out, with or without using phrases like a famous line from a movie or "I was married to ____" to get their team members to correctly guess the person. It's a ton of fun…unless you're the chosen actor and you aren't familiar with the person on the card. You're basically stuck.
So, back to Ephesians 5:1. Paul tells us to be imitators of God. But just like in Cranium, in order for us to imitate God, we have to know who He is and things about Him. So where does that happen? Through His Word because that is where God reveals His heart and mind to us.
How often do you really think about imitating God? How can you be more intentional about this? What are some ways you imitated God in the last week? Tami W.
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