SUNDAY, 19TH JANUARY, 2020
THEME: IMITATE GOD
PASSAGE: EPHESIANS 5:1-17
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 5:1 “Be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live a life of Love just as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
HYMN: MHB- 547 The things my God doth hate
When Apostle Paul charged the Ephesian Church to be imitators of God and of him (1Cor.11:1), he was not talking about superficial imitation. God is Spirit, loving, holy and righteous in His ways, and of Paul because he encountered Christ by changing his course of life. In both cases, to imitate God and Apostle Paul is to imitate Christ in love and holiness.
Knowing fully well that the Church will be presented to Christ without spot or blemish, such a high and lofty goal which is entirely the work of Christ is a compelling dynamic for chaste conduct here and now(Eph.5:27).
Insisting on our godly imitation, God says “Be perfect, therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matt.5:48); “Who has saved us and called us to a holy life…” (2Timo.1:9). The issue of sin must not be taken with kid-glove. Paul is saying in the passage that the child of God cannot habitually engage in such sins that are prevalent among unbelievers, even as light indulgence brings about a revulsion and agony of soul.
If you can get into sin and not be troubled or bothered by it, you are not a child of God. A child of God cannot be dead to any kind of sin and then persist in the same sin. Therefore, as followers of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, we must steer clear of anything that is ungodly, unholy, sinful and wicked.
To crown it all, you are to be light not having fellowship with darkness but reproof them in all ramifications. Mere testimony or position in the Church is not a substitute for spiritual imitation.
PRAYER: O Lord, help me to live a life devoid of sin and to condemn it where ever it rears its ugly head in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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