Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV

I have an eleven month old daughter who just learned how to mimic people. Sometimes it seems more like mocking, but there’s no way she can be that smart already.. right?

If you laugh, she laughs. If you make a silly face, she makes a silly face. If you clap, she claps. It’s quite comical to watch her as she learns new things just by watching others.

We like to follow.

Yes, there are people with leadership qualities, but everyone follows the example of someone else. It’s good to have a role model and someone that you look up to, but only if they want the best for you and want to see you succeed.

While it’s good and important even to have earthly mentors, the best person for us to imitate is Jesus. Dictionary.com tells us that to imitate is to “to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example. to mimic; impersonate. to make a copy of; reproduce closely.to have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble.

I want my life to resemble that of the life of Jesus. I want people to see His qualities in me, so that I resemble Him. I want to stand for what He stood for. I want to love the way He loves.

Make the decision to imitate the life of Jesus today, and watch and see what happens because of doing so!

Jesus, I have all the examples I need to know how to properly imitate Your life. They are found in Your word and I pray you help me to apply them today.

Jesus answered, It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only. (Luke 4:8, Holy Bible, New International Version)

When Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness, Satan tried to convince Jesus (Luke 4:7) to worship him. Jesus didn’t assess the situation. He didn’t discuss the options. He didn’t debate the issues. He simply quoted the holy Word God established through Moses.

In temptations, we have a divine example to follow. “It is written” is still the best response to temptations today.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for setting a positive example for me when You spoke from ancient Scripture. In temptations or discouragement, I will follow Your pattern and remove temptations of things not like You by speaking Your holy Word. I will speak on the authority of Scripture and say, “It is written.” Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

From In the Right Place: A Gallery of Treasured Moments © 2006, Violet Carr Moore