Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
John 5:19 (NIV)
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
If you could be like anyone you could who would you want to be like? Great question to ask some young child as they are growing up. Who was your role model when you were younger? Who did you most want to be like? I always wanted to be like James Bond. The thrill of being a spy and having so many neat gadgets to have at my disposal was captivating.
I had all the spy gadgets you could buy at the toy store and I would spend my days outdoors pretending to be some super spy. O, those were the days. I never tired of pretending to be James Bond. Life in my fantasy world was pretty cool. My parents would have to drag me in from outside for dinner. My fantasy world never got boring. I never tired of being my super spy.
So what does all of this have to do with your walk with Christ you ask? Great question. If playing the part in my fantasy world of James Bond gave me such great pleasure I have news for you. You are called to something that far exceeds playing the part of any super spy. If being a fantasy spy is so cool think of what it would be like to be called to imitate God.
Woe, now wait a minute preacher, you have gone too far in this fantasy world of yours. If you think that, perhaps you did not read the text in front of you today. The Apostle Paul tells us we are commanded to be imitators of God himself. No, this does not make us God in the least. Jesus gives us the clear picture of what this imitation of God looks like in real life. He explains that our calling is to draw near to God so that we can see what he is doing and then all we do is follow his lead and copy what we see him doing.
But I must say, it is not really copying what he is doing, it is seeing what he is doing and then allowing him to live his life through us in the power of the Holy Spirit. We really don’t mimic God, we allow God to live his life through us so that he is doing the work and we are only the conduit of His life.
My fantasy world just went up several notches. This is no longer fantasy but reality. Those who have been redeemed by Christ have the potential of experiencing the very life of God living through them so that others can see and experience God through our lives. Talk about real purpose and real pleasure there is nothing like this in the universe. If you are looking for life beyond this world you have only one option and that is to surrender your life totally to Christ and then ask him to fill you with His Spirit so that He can reproduce his life in you.
How is that for life beyond the fantasy world?
James Bond take a seat, it is time for the Spirit of God to live his life through me,