Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Be An Imitator of God — Ephesians 5:1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation #1)

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a usually short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a moral theme.”

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other verses) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church and the country is to be revived, the family must be revived first.

EPHESIANS 5:1: “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”

Paul is writing to believers in this letter, and he tells us to be “followers of God.” You might say, “I’m saved; I’m already a follower of God.” But the word “follower” here is from the Greek word that means to imitate. You might claim to be saved, but the question for us as Christians is are we imitating God? Are we imitating Jesus in our words, thoughts, and actions?

We sometimes confuse being saved or following God with attending church or worshipping Him. But that is not the case. Paul is not telling us to worship God or to listen to the words of God as they are being taught. He is telling us to imitate God — to live the life of God every day outside of the four walls of a church building.

Charles Spurgeon said, “As we do imitate God, we become representatives of God, especially before those who have shut God out of their life. What are we sent into the world for? Is it not that we may keep men in mind of God, whom they are most anxious to forget? If we are imitators of God, as dear children, they will be compelled to recollect that there is a God, for they will see his character reflected in ours. I have heard of an atheist who said he could get over every argument except the example of his godly mother: he could never answer that.”

Paul says our imitation of God should be as that of “dear children.” When you were a young child, there were times when you naturally wanted to do what your parents did. It is the same in our relationship with God. We ought to imitate His love, kindness, grace, mercy, concern for others, and forgiveness in our lives. We ought to imitate Him.