Be Imitators of God
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.” Ephesians 5:1 (NIV)
We were on a walk one afternoon in a neighborhood and came across a father and his son as they came outside. The father went into the garage and pulled out his lawn mower. As his father pulled out his gas powered lawn mower, the son went into the shed and pulled out his plastic lawn mower. The father walked back and forth across their small postage stamp size lot as the young boy followed suit imitating his father. When the father completed the lawn he put his mower in the garage and instructed his son to put his away since they were done mowing the lawn. The son quickly and diligently obeyed.
This brings to mind how we are to be imitators of God. We are to walk with God, commune with Him and do as He does. Jesus states in John 5:19 “Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” Many people would call the story above cute seeing a young child imitating what his father is doing, but as we get older we believe that behavior is childish and we do things on our own. We have been created to be dependent, dependent on the Father.
What struck as well in this story was how the father instructed the son to put away his mower when the father completed his work. During the entire event the father was cutting the grass, and the child was right with him, looking like the father, but not cutting a blade of grass. Who was working? The father. And when the father’s work was done he instructed the son to stop. Often times we hear the Lord’s instruction to do something and are obedient to His calling imitating Him, but we need to keep an ear to Him when He may say stop or change what you are doing because stopping when He is stopping is also imitating.
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38