Ephesians 5:1 — Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children (NLT).
Imitating God isn’t a suggestion or good idea. Otherwise, Paul would have told us to try and imitate Him in some things. As it stands, being a model of God-likeness is an expectation we will be held accountable for. So before you completely discredit yourself and write off the possibility of ever being like your Creator, listen to this: If He expects us to imitate Him in everything, it is doable. Here are the words of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 12:9 – “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (NKJV).
Anything we do like God is the product of our faith multiplied by His grace. If you think it’s impossible to imitate God, you’re right. You’ll write off this message because your faith is in your ability rather than in God’s. You’ve totally removed Him from the equation. But I charge you with this: Put your faith in God’s grace—His power, or strength.
In the latter part of this same verse, Paul wrote, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” In other words, when we are willing to admit that imitating God has nothing to do with our strength (or the lack thereof) and everything to do with His, His grace enables us to do the impossible. Why? His power works best through our weaknesses.
I challenge you to get this right within yourself. Your deficiencies don’t disqualify you from being like God; they actually qualify you even more. Your weaknesses don’t prevent you from His grace; they permit you access to it. You just have to believe in His power and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.
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