Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. 2 And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.
I think most of us can relate to imitating current trends. I know many who tried their best to comply with the latest fashion over the years such as wearing overalls with the one strap down or feeling the need to purchase every color of parachute pants known to man. Who could forget bell bottoms, leisure suits, and butterfly collars? Yes, we can laugh at some of these things [or maybe you’re not laughing at all because you still own and wear these items to which I say- YOU GO!]
All joking aside, I am seeing an increasing desire for people to embrace the “individualism” culture. Ayn Rand, former philosopher and novelist, said, “I will not run anyone’s life—nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone—nor sacrifice anyone to myself.”
Ephesians 6:6 says, “6 not by way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”
Colossians 3:24 says, “24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”
1 Peter 2:16 says, “16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bond-slaves of God.”
As believers, we are first called to die to self! Simply put, we do not own our lives. Take up your cross and follow Christ. He is the One we are to imitate and follow! We spend an exorbitant amount of time trying to follow/imitate people, things, and events. For example, we become so obsessed with following actors and actresses that our very lives imitate that of complete strangers. We even feel “falsely” connected with them through multiple social engines that we know what they had for dinner, where they are going on vacation, and what they are naming their children before the media is alerted.
However, we cannot recite more than a few passages from God’s Word. We convince ourselves that we just don’t have the time to read our Bibles like our pastors say we should. We find every excuse not to go to that extra Bible study during the week because it’s hard enough to get to church on Sunday morning anyway. We say we want to know Jesus more yet we imitate the things of this world including selfishness, greed, pride, envy, and idolatry. [Convicted?]
The act of code-switching is when an individual alternates between languages, dialects, or even accents during a conversation. The most common reason why people code-switch is to “fit-in” or to simply sound like those around them. This takes exposure! You cannot sound or even act like the person around you unless you have been exposed to that person or culture over time. Jesus wants us to be so comfortable with Him and His teachings that we instinctively code-switch to the ways of the Father.
I pray that we develop a hunger for the Word, prayer, and Christ’s model that we not only imitate Him but permanently code-switch under His authority.
Question: Who or what are you imitating?