Ullapool from earlier this week with spectacular light on Loch Broom and the surrounding hills. https://www.facebook.com/SpectacularScotland

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

Ephesians 5:1 (NASB)

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.

16 thoughts on “Imitating Our Father

  1. I love this post! I pray to imitate Christ so that those who imitate me, imitate Him. I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit helps us in our sanctification process. I am so thankful to be on this journey with you! Love and blessings to you and your family!!

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  2. I am camping with my husband and I just read this post to him. A great reminder of how perfectly Jesus reflected His Father, and with the Holy Spirit’s help we can imitate Christ. Blessings to you Alan from the Queensland seaside!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement. The Queensland seaside sounds nice to us Scots freezing as winter descends 🥶
      You are approaching summer, am I right?

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  3. Neither Jo, nor I, have good examples of earthly father’s….
    In fact neither of has any family in our lives anymore.

    Which is why we’re so passionate about seeking to be a good example to our own children and, God willing – if they marry and are blessed with children – to their children too.

    Your children looking up to you, Alan, speaks ever louder of your nature of your character.

    Because what an example your son and grandson have to look up to – in you!!

    I look up to you too…your passion and zeal for Jesus shine like the sun bursting through a morning fog, bringing warmth and clarity for all.

    Be encouraged my friend. Your work for the Lord is a work that I know He looks on proudly.

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    1. Thanks Ruth for your kind words.
      Did I say the funeral was today? If so, I was a day too early, it’s tomorrow. But either way I can’t attend now as my cold has worsened quite a bit, as well as a dodgy throat and cough I am a bit wheezy now too. Life certainly is complicated!🙁

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