“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” Ephesians 5:1
Behavioral scientists have discovered an interesting phenomenon called “imprinting” that takes place in the early development of some animals. If an animal is exposed enough to another animal, object, or person during critical stages of their development, they will consider it as their parent. If a young goose is “imprinted” by a dog, the gosling will see the dog as it’s mother. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul suggests the same sort of imprinting should happen in our relationship with Jesus. We should be walking so closely with Him that His nature is imprinted on us.
As many of you know, I have been in Brazil for the past week ministering in many different cities. Presently, I am at a pastors conference where I have made a new friend in a Presbyterian pastor from Rio who has truly been imprinted by the nature of Jesus. He works in the slums (favelas) of Rio and with the police at the same time. This is so unusual that it has opened doors for him to be on TV, which gives him the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with millions of people. I asked him why he thought he had been given such a large platform to share the gospel and he responded, “When I consider how much God loves me I do everything I can to stay close to Him. I consistently read the Bible, I am in constant fellowship with Him and others, and I am continually sharing the love with everyone I come in contact with.” Now that sounds a lot like Jesus!
Join us on Sunday as we open Ephesians 5:1-14 together and learn how to become “Imitators of God”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!