Who Are You Imitating?

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Ephesians 5:1-4

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Back in the day—before children had all of this technology to play with—we played a game called “Follow The Leader”.

First, a leader was chosen, and then all of us would line up behind him or her. The leader would move around and perform different actions, which we would have to imitate.  If we failed, we would be called “out”. The last person left would become the new leader and the game would start all over.

Unfortunately, there are those who seem to believe that our Christian walk is still a game. We see Christians all the time who “line up” behind anyone and anything, and imitate the actions of the person they are with while still claiming to be born again believers on the Lord Jesus Christ.

However, in the text that serves as the foundation of this message, the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the believers at the church at Ephesus, recorded in Ephesians 5:1-4, “Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children, (2) 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. (3) But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; (4) neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks”.

People of God, I have a serious issue with Christians believing we have to imitate all types of worldly behaviors in order to win worldly people. Yes, in 1 Corinthians 9:22, the Apostle Paul wrote “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some”; however, there is a limit.

Let’s keep it real. As a Christian woman, am I expected to become a prostitute so I can save some prostitutes? Should I become a criminal and go to jail so I can save some criminals who are in jail?  Should I start cursing just so I can win some of the people who curse?  Should I start hanging out at the club so I can win some of the people who hang out in the club to Christ?

Should I start fornicating so I can win some of the fornicators to Christ?

By now I guess you see my point!   Of course not.

Think about it.  Do we see carnal people imitating our Godly behaviors in order to attract us to their lifestyles?  No we do not. So tell me…why are we imitating their behavior in order to attract them?  Why do we believe it is necessary to imitate them in order to win them to Christ?

On the day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter did not perform any “worldly” imitations! Peter preached under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the Bible records that about three thousand souls were added (Acts 2:41).

My friends, God did not call us out of darkness just to turn around and imitate those in darkness in order to draw them out!

We should trust in the Awesome Power of the Holy Spirit within us to lead those in the world to become imitators of Jesus Christ.

Who are you imitating?

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