It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Those whom we imitate serve as examples, role models, mentors. We imitate their behavior, striving to meet their example. In short, we want to be like them. Yet, even our greatest role models will one day fall off the pedestal upon which we have set them, for they are sinners also.
In the text from Ephesians, the apostle Paul addresses the people of God, reminding them that at one time, they were children of the darkness. Yet, in Christ Jesus light has come. Through his sacrifice on the cross for the sake of sinners, even those who were once engaged in shameful acts are afforded God’s mercy and grace.
The apostle encourages us, therefore, to be imitators of God’s love, walking in the light of our Lord Jesus. We are to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). How do we do this? We follow the example of Jesus. We love God and neighbor as we are loved; tend to the sick and lame, and care for those who are the neediest among us. You see, imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery. And by imitating Jesus, we glorify his most holy name.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to live according to your example, that others my see your goodness and love. Amen.