Have you ever wondered what God’s will for your life is?
Should you go to college? Get married? Have children? Go on the mission field?
Should you spend money or save money?
Should you wear the blue dress or the red one?
Should you call your mom or read a book?
Should you exercise or pray?
Should you change jobs or stay where you are?!
Discovering the will of God for one’s life can be daunting … unless, of course you decide to read your Bible!
I believe that the Bible offers a strategic blueprint for living an abundant life!
I believe that the Bible holds wisdom that is still applicable for our very lives today!
I believe that when the Bible is read daily that it has the potential of giving you the life of your deepest dreams.
I believe that God’s specific will for your singular life is found in the Bible.
I believe in the power of … the wonder of … and the miraculous results of the Bible!
I believe the Bible!
So … now that we have settled that … let me share with you the ‘”guts” of this week’s blog …
One day, several years ago, when I was having my daily quiet time, I read this significant and powerful verse from Ephesians, “Therefore, be imitators of God as beloved children.” – Ephesians 5:1
In an instant I realized that this verse was telling me exactly what God’s will was for my personal life! I was called, by the voice of the Holy Spirit, to imitate the very actions, the thoughts, the words and the emotions of God.
And then, I hunkered down and went digging for the priceless treasure that I was certain to find in this verse.
The word “imitators” is the Greek word “mimetes” from which we derive our English word “mime”.
What God does … we should imitate.
What God speaks … we should echo.
What God thinks … should be our very first thought.
What God feels … should be our immediate response.
As believers in Jesus Christ, it is indeed God’s perfect will for each one of our lives, to mimic those things that we see in the character of God.
We are called to carefully and intentionally model our lives after the life of God.
As I pondered and prayed over this verse the following week, I realized that this verse is, in effect, calling me to be an actor and that I am taking on the role of God the Father. What?!! How can that be?
When I look into the mirror of God, I should mimic every single thing that He does!
Every single day of our earthly lives, we should be more like God than we were yesterday! Think about it!
Every event that I encounter … every person that I meet … and every circumstance that I endure … should craft me more and more into being exactly like Him!
I should decrease in me and He should increase in me! (John 3:30)
Difficult people … and adverse conditions … and disappointing events … should only have one influence in my life … they should make me more like Jesus!
It is our goal this side of heaven to imitate God.
It is our reward this side of heaven to become more like Him.
It is our focused life calling to act like Him.
It is our daily assignment to mimic Him.
If you have ever wondered what God’s will for your life is … this is it: To become like Him!
In order to imitate a person, you must study that person and watch how he or she acts and how he or she reacts. You must know what this person likes and what this person doesn’t like; you must observe how the person treats people and what this person spends his or her time doing.
Let me get specific …
When I was in college, a woman by the name of Ellen Stamps became my role model. She had traveled with Corrie ten Boom for 10 years and had then married the beloved chaplain at the Christian university that I attended.
I loved absolutely everything about this blonde-haired, thirty-something Dutch woman!
I spent time studying her and asking her pertinent questions about the Lord, about life, about love and about marriage.
I observed the way that she treated people and how she responded to her husband.
I noticed that she always had fresh flowers in her home and made it a habit to play classical music while she was entertaining guests.
I was amazed that she never seemed flustered by difficult people but handled them with wit and with grace. I drank up her uncommon wisdom and I flourished as her joy splashed on my life.
Even today … over 40 years later … not a day passes by that I don’t ask myself, “I wonder what Ellen would do in this situation?”
If you long to live in God’s perfect will for your life – you must imitate Him … you must know Him … you must observe Him … you must listen to His uncommon wisdom and you must splash in the joy of His presence!
As well-loved children, every day we spend on earth, our goal must be to become more like our Dad!
“We are constantly in the process of becoming more like God!” – Ephesians 5:1