Imitators Of Christ

28th October

Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music in to the Lord in your hearts.

Ephesians 5:18-19

Part of imitating Christ is knowing what not to do. Ephesians is full of wise council on this subject, yet it is always presented in a way that is not condemning but rather an encouragement to lead us into Godly living. We want to be imitators of Christ in all we do, not only please God but to bring glory to His Name. Furthermore, living a God fearing life brings happiness, joy and freedom rather than the chains of bondage that sinful lifestyles lead to; as today’s verse rightly warns… being drunk on wine only leads to ruined lives.

Paul encourages the church in Ephesus to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It is through being filled daily with the Holy Spirit that we can enjoy the fullness of all God has for us and that our lifestyles become more like His. How amazing would it be to see churches world wide, united together by the love of Christ, being filled with the Spirit, ‘singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among’ themselves and individually making music to God in their hearts. It is then that we become a sweet aroma to Christ and to others around us. It is then that people recognise that there is more to life than reckless, sinful lifestyles and reach out for hope.

May we show grace to all those suffering in the enemies grasp. Let us show the same grace to them as we have been shown by Christ Jesus so we can reach out to them in loving kindness. After all, if we are to be imitators of Christ, then that is what He did when He was on the earth.

Christ Has Set The Standard

27th October

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour. Instead be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you..

Ephesians 4:31-32

Our challenge or even “commission” is to love Christ as He loves us and love each other with that same love. We are His ambassadors on this earth; His hands and His feet. Verse 30 even tells us that He has put His own seal on us, on those whom He has identified as His own. However, in reality what does that look like? Can we really be beacons for Christ?

Through God’s grace we can… Jesus has set the standard of Godly living for us to follow and although we may never reach Jesus’ level of holiness, we are commanded to be imitators of Christ in all we do nonetheless. Moreover, it is because Christ has set the standard of love through His life that we can have something to follow. Verse 31 proclaims that it because we are forgiven by God through Christ’s sacrifice for us, that we can be kind, tender-hearted and forgive others too.

The more we know how much we are forgiven and loved by God, the more we can learn to forgive and love others too. Through that understanding, our lifestyle begins to change as we look to become more like Christ in word and deed. Yet all is only accomplished by the grace of God in our lives!