Read Eph 5:1-20
The command to ‘imitate God’ seems impossible to honour. How can failed and fallen human beings imitate God? True, but that’s not what Paul is getting at. He is asking us to imitate God in his values and character toward people and their world. This makes it more exciting than impossible, right?
The immediate context has to do with forgiveness and love, but as we move through the chapter we hear the writer dealing with the broad scope of life, and how relationship with Jesus transforms it.
Make no mistake, we do these things because God is making us new through Jesus, and because he is at work in us (Eph 3:14-21). God’s work through Jesus means the changes he calls us to are not impossible. What God calls us to attempt he will enable us to achieve.
With that in mind, here are a few questions to get you thinking about how you can watch what God does, and then start to do it:
* How can I show grace and forgiveness to those who have hurt me? Who are the people who are waiting for my words of grace? What will I do to bring grace in these situation?
* How can I help the people around me to thrive? What are their needs and how can I address them?
* How can I help my community to show grace to the poor, the needy, and the helpless?
* How can I help my neighbourhood to be a community that God would delight in? What needs to be done, or developed?
* What injustices are there around me, and how can I join others in addressing and correcting them?
Q: If we ere to do these things consistently, do you think Christians and the church would have more credibility?
Q: What other questions might be helpful as we consider this topic?