Hunkered Down Devotion

Ephesians 5:1-2 (Voice)
So imitate God. Follow Him like adored children, 2 and live in love as the Anointed One loved you—so much that He gave Himself as a fragrant sacrifice, pleasing God.

As many parents often do I recently shared a funny comment that one of our boys on social media, because well, it was funny and it’s what we do these days.   Most of the comments were the kind that you would expect.  One of them said something to the effect of, ‘I wonder where he got his sense of humor from’, implying that either Traci or I were to receive the credit (or the blame?) for the development of our child’s particular sense of humor.

Similarly, we say things like, ‘he’s his mother’s son’, etc. when we see behavioral traits that we recognize in ourselves, adopted by our children.  This happens naturally, of course, as our children grow up around us.  They watch us, and they learn from us, and then to no one’s surprise they begin to act and often even look like their parents.  

This passage calls us to remember that we are the children of God.  As such we are supposed to be spending enough time with and around God and God’s Word that we begin to pick up these habits.  We are called to imitate God.  We are called to do that intentionally to be sure.  But we are also called to do that in the ways that our children end up imitating us: by spending so much time with God and God’s Word, that we end up looking and imitating God without even realizing it.  And, of course, that looks like living in love, as a living sacrifice to God.

Sharing God’s Love

Prayer: Lord, help us to imitate you more and more every day.  Amen.

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