“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.” Ephesians 5:1
When I was younger, I used to love building model cars. I would open the box of individual pieces and put all the different model parts in categorized piles, and then I would hold up a picture of the model car and attempt to put the pieces together so that it mirrored the picture.
In our faith walks, Jesus is the picture that we can hold up as we attempt to put the pieces of our lives together to mirror the picture. Delving into the life of Christ helps us to build lives for ourselves that emulate love. Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be imitators of God, for we are his dear and beloved children. We are made in God’s image. We are created for God’s purposes. We belong to Him.
But often times we must first hold up the picture to remind ourselves what to build. It’s easy to get lost in this world—in the pursuit of a job that we want or money that we don’t have or a relationship that we think we need. Holding up the picture re-centers us when we get lost. It reminds us of what we are meant to do—meant to build—and of who we are, as God’s dear and beloved children.
Meditating upon the picture of Christ always leads to action, as we read in Ephesians 5:2: “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” To walk in love, we must understand where love comes from and what it means. Love is offering. Love is sacrifice. Love is commitment. Love is service.
As we go about our days today, may we be reminded to hold up a picture of Jesus from time to time so that we can build something with our lives that is worthwhile and live in a way that reflects the love that changed us and can change this world.
- Hold up the proverbial picture of Jesus, whether that’s through meditating upon a Scripture or a story about his life that has always moved you. What does this picture inspire you to build today? How does it challenge you to live?
- How are you most prone to get lost in your ego or ambition? What can you do throughout the day today to remember what you are meant to do and who you are in Christ?