Summer Daily Devotional - Ephesians 5
Be Like God
It took me a while to get past the first verse of this chapter. It’s more than a mouthful. It’s more than incredible. It’s so marvelous and so great that it’s almost unbelievable.
“Be imitators of God.”
Let’s slow that down.
Be. Imitators. Of. God.
I know what you’re thinking. Well, at least I think I know what you’re thinking.
“There’s only one God. We can’t imitate Him. That’s impossible, right?”
Let me clarify. The Apostle Paul isn’t exhorting us to be God or become God, but to live like Him, to mimic His character, to be godlike.
The prior chapter and this chapter are largely about calling you and I, as believers, into living a life that reflects our glorious reality as dearly loved children of God. Paul is saying here: “Since you are His children, be like Him.”
And the Biblical reality is that…
You actually can be imitators of God.
I was a huge Seattle Supersonics fan as a kid. The Glove, The Reign Man, Big Smooth. All of which sound like a type of trench coat you’d buy, but I can assure you they were nicknames of incredible basketball players.
As much as I studied them and practiced their moves, all my efforts just led to some pickup games in my neighborhood. Nothing more. I could never pass as well, shoot as well, dribble as well or dunk as well as any of those professional basketball players. Not even remotely close.
Actually, dunking wasn’t even a physical possibility without a step ladder and a few pumps on the Reeboks. I know. Shocking.
The simple truth is that I was never going to “be like Mike.” No one was ever going to watch me play basketball and say, “You know who he reminds me of? That professional basketball player. Spitting image.”
The absolutely mind-blowing reality for those saved by Jesus is that they can actually live in such a way that people would look at them and say, “You know who they remind me of? Jesus.”
As children of God, we can live a life of love. We can experience victory over immorality, impurity and greed. We canstop the gross jokes and be freed from substance abuse. We can live in the light and have nothing to do with the darkness. We can be wise and avoid foolishness.
But, before we start thinking ourselves a bunch of superheroes, this kind of holy imitation is accompanied by a holy revelation.
It is only by His power, the power of the Holy Spirit, that we can be like Him (3:16-17).
Thank the Lord.