Are you becoming more like your Dad?
From The Overflowing Life: A 14-Day Devotional
Advertising teaches that change happens from the outside in. Imitate this person's style or actions, and you'll be loved, beautiful, at peace. But God changes us from the inside out. He loves us, tells us we're beautiful, and invites us into His peace — before we've even done a thing (Romans 5:8).
When God calls us to imitate Him, He's not selling us on a product or service. He's inviting us to embrace our identity as members of His family. "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children" (Ephesians 5:1).
When we put our trust in Jesus, we became members of God's family. The same way that years with our earthly parents shaped our actions and worldviews, time with our heavenly Father shapes our character so it looks more like His.
Exodus 34:6 says God is "merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." As we spend time with God and follow His example, these traits become true of us as well.
Ever catch yourself saying the things your parents once said to you? As we begin to walk in the way of love, the same thing happens to us as God's kids. Our thoughts, words, and actions begin to align with our Dad's. God's love for us overflows from us and affects everyone around us.
We begin to love others and give ourselves up for them, just like Jesus did for us. This is the kind of sacrifice that pleases God (Ephesians 5:2). Better than the incense or fragrant offerings of the Old Testament is a heart that overflows with love like His (Leviticus 4:7).
- What does it mean to imitate God?
- How has consistent time with God changed the way you respond to others?
- What’s one way you can love and sacrifice for someone today?