From the Pastor’s Desk

Imitators of God

Children will often imitate people they admire. They might pretend they are their favorite sports hero, or a superhero or someone else they admire. For example, when I played in little league as a child, I adopted the batting stance of my favorite player, and I had to play shortstop because he was a shortstop. My neighbor would often try to imitate Magic Johnson’s moves when he played basketball.

St. Paul in Ephesians urges us to be to imitators of God. In verses 1-2 of chapter 5, Paul writes, “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.” Paul had been giving instruction to Christians in the new life that we have in Christ in chapter 4, and in chapter 5 he continues that discussion. He will, for example, urge Christians to flee from sexual immorality. He also gives instructions to husbands and wives as to how they should love one another.

Paul explains to us how we are to be imitators of God. We are to “walk in love as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us.” Our imitation of God is to be done in and through love. We imitate God by loving one another, just as Christ loved us. We do this in our vocations that God has placed us. We might be a spouse, a parents and grandparent, a neighbor, a friend, and a citizen. In all these roles we imitate God by showing love to others.

Our pattern for this is Christ, who emptied Himself and became a servant, becoming obedient even to the point of death. He served others throughout His ministry, and never failed to show love to others. He likewise never fails to show love to us. And most importantly He did this by suffering on the cross in our place. He bore our sins on the tree of the cross, and not just our sins, but the sins of the whole world.

We imitate God because God has first loved us. And He expressed His love for us by sending His Son to suffer and die for us to redeem us. Christ rose from the dead, demonstrating to us that our sins are indeed forgiven and that we have eternal life through Him. Because of this love, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are transformed into imitators of God.

In Christ,

Rev. David L. Putz, Pastor
Holy Cross Lutheran Church (LCMS)
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Good things are happening at Holy Cross!  Praise God for that.  When we keep Word and Sacrament ministry at the heart of what we do, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is sown.  As we share the Word, God gives the growth and we rejoice as humble stewards of the God who changes lives and hearts.  Help us always, Lord, to keep Your Word at the center of our life together under your Holy Cross!

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