LEA Weekly Devotion
Mindful Matters series 2021
Week of January 31, 2021
You live in a world of imitations. Imitation flavors may be among your favorite mimicries. Imitation hair, a.k.a. wigs, may be a necessity, due either to treatment for illnesses or cosmetic vanity. (I wonder if they come with imitation dandruff!) Medical science, blessed by God, has given us imitation legs and arms and even hearts. Imitation diamonds look enough like the real things to adequately express romantic sentiments.
Imitation is almost always a substitute for the real thing. Read what Paul says: Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to use. Love like that (Eph. 5:1–2 MSG). Lots of interesting concepts there, but most often more briefly translated as Be imitators of God, as beloved children (Eph. 5:1 ESV).
Your imitating is imitation in the sense of imperfectly imitating God. But you might consider it what TV hawkers and fine print disclaimers of old called “genuine imitation.” What they sold were indeed imitations, but they wanted to hide that fact. Not so with being imitators of God!
Imperfect as your imitation might be, it is a Spirit-generated expression of faith that follows Jesus’ many examples of mercy, grace, and forgiveness. You cannot hide your imperfections (other people know them well!), nor should you. Confess them! Accept God’s genuine, perfect forgiveness. Carry on with your imitation of God.
When it comes to faith, being an imitator doesn’t make you an imitation Christian.
Music matters: As the kids sing it…
- Which of your students would you most like to be like?
- If kids imitated you, what would that look like?
Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
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