Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Ephesians 5:1
Nothing is cuter than a tiny child trying to imitate Mommy or Daddy. A little boy clomps after Dad in his giant cowboy boots with a plastic hammer in his hand. A little girl with lipstick smeared on her face and a Disney purse slung over one arm “helps” Mom shop. Even baby animals copy the hunting patterns of the parents. So why do the young try to imitate the elder?
It begins with relationship. When we spend most of our time with someone we love, we want to be like them. We will become like our heroes, so it is vitally important that we choose those heroes wisely. When we are adopted by God into His family, He wants us to grow to look like Him. He wants to be our Hero and desires that His children to take on a family resemblance. We do this by imitating His character, His holiness, and His perspective. Romans 8:29 tells us that it was God’s plan from the beginning to mold us into the image of His own Son. He wants us to model Jesus and match our responses to His. We can let His Holy Spirit produce the character of God in our lives (Gal. 5:22) so that we begin to look like our Father.
Who are your heroes? Are they worthy of imitation? What if your goal was to imitate your heavenly Father?