Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV
You do not have to be a Pastor Priest or Theologian to serve Jesus. God does not expect you to be a spiritual superhero or a superstar halo head. You can serve God by imitating Jesus. You can offer up your sacrifice to Jesus without wearing expensive perfume or cologne!
The instructions and exhortations given to us in the bible are for everyone. The great commission to make disciples of all nations is for all of us. The promises found in the Word of God are for all people who have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
If we submit to God’s will the Lord will do great and mighty things in us and through us for His glory and for the good of the people all around us.
When God tells us to be imitators of Christ He is not speaking just to your Pastor. He is not just talking to the people who greet you at the entrance of the Church on Sunday. God is not only speaking to the missionary family you send a check to once a month.
God is calling you to imitate Christ!
God wants us to imitate Christ so we will not grieve the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants us to imitate Him so we can please God. He tells us how to imitate Christ. The way to imitate Christ is to walk in love. God is love. Loving people is how we introduce them to Jesus.
Jesus sacrificed Himself as an offering to God. He is calling us to sacrifice ourselves as a sweet smelling aroma to Him. God is not calling us to sacrifice ourselves the way Jesus did. Jesus wants us to sacrifice our selfish desires by allowing Him to live His life through us.
God does not want us to miss out on participating in His ministry as He transforms creation one heart and soul at a time.
Temptation is not sin. Giving in to temptation is sinful. Everyone is tempted to sin. Temptation is part of the human condition. Our sinful flesh wars against our desire to serve God. Jesus was tempted. He did not sin. Jesus defeated sin and death at the cross!
The Holy Spirit empowers us to overcome our sinful flesh by giving us the freedom to imitate Christ!
Imitate Jesus by walking in love!
Offer up a sweet smelling aroma to God through faith in Jesus Christ today!
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