“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT)
5:1, 2 – Just as children imitate their parents, we should follow God’s example. His great love for us led him to sacrifice himself so that we might live. Our love for others should be of the same kind—a love that goes beyond affection to self-sacrificing service.(Tyndale study Bible)
Whose example are you following? Who’s example am I following? As Christians, we should set an example for others. Easier said than done, I realize. As humans we fall horribly short of God’s glory in all areas of our daily lives. Do not give up though, because He says that all we need is faith.
I was having a discussion with a friend earlier today and we were talking about the challenges that we face on a daily basis. I was explaining how the devil gets to us and wants to negatively influence us, be it at home or at work. His advice to me to change it was simple: “what would Jesus do?”
What’s amazing to me is that this scripture then seemed to pop up. If you are struggling with anything, just consult the Bible.
I read a while ago that your success as a parent will be determined by how your grandhildren turn out. Think about it, your own kids turn out well and they, in turn, do their job properly as parents. The grandkids will turn put fine because you did a good job with your kids.
So yes, just as the verse says, imitate God in everything you do. Even in those tough work situations. And remember, Jesus was God’s expression in human form.
What would Jesus Do?