Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
As a young boy I copied my dad in many things, even in the way I walked. Dad was my hero then, he had served in the RAF during WW2 with distinction and was a much admired by other men in the village. I look in the mirror each morning and see dad looking back, as I age more like him. My son, now in his twenties, has many similarities to me including his love of chess. Recently it was pointed out to me the way that our grandson is copying me, in wearing his hat everywhere and in the way he walks, I must confess it makes me chuckle with a wee bit of pride. I suppose we all copy someone at some stage in life.
As children of God we are called to “be imitators of God” our beloved Father. The immediate question you may ask justifiably is “how do I copy Almighty God, the Creator of all things?” The answer is not impossible; we follow His examples we find in His Word. In it we find that our Father God is a loving Father, in forgiving Israel’s many failures in deserting Him, and in sending His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us from our sins. In His love we see great forgiveness, another worthy attribute. As we may walk or talk like our earthly fathers, we should strive to walk and talk in our Heavenly Father’s ways everyday. He desires that we live a just and righteous life, as He does (Proverbs 21:3). The primary attribute that our Father God calls us to imitate is holiness: “but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16). The holiness He calls us to is not impossible if we follow His Son Jesus; our holiness is achieved every day in imitating His Son, our Lord and Saviour.
Dear reader, are you striving to imitate God our Father, by following His Son? It is reassuring to know that our pursuit of holiness is possible; it only takes a lifetime of following Him every day. It is similar to taking daily medicines to keep us healthy, except in this case we are talking of Holy medicine for the soul keeping us close to God.