1. We are called to Imitate

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. – John 5:19 (ESV)

For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. – 1 Corinthians 4:15-16 (ESV)

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 (ESV)

17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. – Philippians 3:17 (ESV)

6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. – 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 2:14 (ESV)

7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. – 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 9 (ESV)

2. We are to Imitate God

3. We are to imitate God as Beloved Children

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. – Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV)

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV)

5 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:15-18 (ESV)

How Do We Do This?

  1. Study for the part
  2. Stay in character

Application Questions

  1. Are you increasingly becoming invisible and God more present?
  2. Can others look at your life and say, “I see God in you?”
  3. Where is that most glaringingly untrue?
  4. What aspect of God do you need to study more in order to see your life changed?
Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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