Ephesians 5:1 “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.”
When I was a little girl, I used to watch my mother put on her make-up. She had this shiny pink lip gloss that marked the finishing touch to her beauty routine. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Every chance I got, I pranced around in her high-heeled shoes, and sometimes she even let me wear a dab of lip gloss. But it wasn’t just her physical beauty that made me love her. To me, she represented all that was good and safe and wonderful and loving in the world. I wanted to be just like her.
Now, I’m all grown up, and I have a little girl who likes to wear my shoes and borrow my lip gloss. I hope I represent to her all that my mother represents to me. It’s a beautiful feeling to be loved that much.
God wants us to love Him like that. He wants us to look at Him and see all that we long to be. He wants us to wear His clothes of gentleness and compassion. He wants us to emulate His love, His goodness, His kindness, His purity, His forgiveness. He wants us to imitate Him.
Friends, when we are adopted into His family, our Father falls in love with us! He adores us as a parent adores his child, and He wants to represent to us all that is good and safe and wonderful and pure and loving. He’s delighted when He sees us trying to imitate Him. He is thrilled when He hears us say, “I want to be just like my Daddy.”
So join me. Let’s play dress-up, as we imitate our Father:
Colossians 3:12 – 14 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Dear Father, I want to be just like You. I love You.