Just Like The King

Ephesians 5:1-21
Imitate God, therefore, in
everything you do (v.1).
just like the king

I hoped our dinner guest wouldn’t notice that I was
staring at him. I knew it was impolite, but I was
trying to decide if he looked like Elvis Presley. Let
me explain. My husband had invited a friend over to
eat with us who was an “Elvis tribute artist.” He told
us stories of swaggering to the stage with his guitar
at backyard birthday parties, weddings, and even in
college dorms.

Imitating “The King of rock and roll” was just a
hobby for our friend, but as Christians we’re called to
“imitate God . . . in everything [we] do” (Ephesians 5:1).
Fortunately, Paul left us with some specifics on how to
live just like “The King of heaven.” We’re supposed to be
God-followers who:
Walk in love—because “God is love” (1 John 4:8). We
need to love our fellow Christians and put their needs
above our own, just as Jesus did for us (Eph. 5:2).
Walk in light—because “God is light, and there is no
darkness in Him” (1 John 1:5). This means not getting
tangled in sinful patterns of living. Rather, our lives
should be characterized by what is “good and right and
true” (Ephesians 5:9).
Walk in wisdom—because “God is so wise” (Job 9:4).
We’re supposed to be careful about the life choices
we make and be filled with God’s Holy Spirit
(Ephesians 5:15,18).

As Christians, we need to remember that other people are studying us,
looking for any likeness to God that they can see. And God wants us to live so
that our lives will encourage people to get to know Him. This is why He says:
“Be holy because I am holy” (Leviticus 11:45). —Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Put on your new nature,
created to be like God—
truly righteous and holy
(Ephesians 4:24).

If people were
examining your “walk,”
would they call you an
imitator of God? Why
is it impossible for us
to imitate God without
the power of the
Holy Spirit?

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