TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Scripture: Ephesians 5:1, Psalm 15
In Ephesians 5:1 we are told very simply, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” We are to be followers and imitators of God as dear children. The word translated “followers” is the Greek word, mim-ey-tace, which means ‘To mimic’. This Scripture starts out with the word “Therefore” and what is the purpose of the word? It is based on the four preceding chapters of us being built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit. God’s goal is that we demonstrate His fullness. Therefore we are to mimic God – act like, talk like, walk like, think like – and execute authority like Him. Yes, we are assigned to imitate God. That might be difficult for novices but not for seasoned saints! Do we have any confidence that we can act like the Judicial Christ? We live in highly challenging times that require a strong and purposeful response to waves of evil that are threatening nations and cultures. We face people destitute of truth and honor and bent on trapping others in their own darkness and deception! Can we represent God in judgment? Can we demonstrate to principalities and powers that they do not rule by projecting the rule of Christ on the people they inhabit? Can we pray the God-mockers and the God-haters into their eternal reward? If we cannot do that as a church, are we really fighting the good fight of faith? Are we really in need of weapons of warfare as outlined in Ephesians 6? Where is the fullness of Christ? In reading Psalms 15 we are prompted to climb the holy hill of God and that climb requires an attitude about people who embrace evil. The attitude toward evil that pleases God is, “…in whose eyes a vile person is despised.” God despises the vile! Do we?