"Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children." Ephesians 5:1 NLT
I enjoy watching impressionists. When I was young, I really liked Rich Little. It seemed that whenever he imitated any celebrity, no matter who it was, he looked and sounded just like them. It has been said that imitation is one of the highest forms of flattery. Just watch a little girl dressing up like her mother. A son that puts on his father's boots. A little leaguer that holds his bat just like his favorite baseball player. Imitation is a sign of respect.
Paul tells us to imitate God. We are called to become like Jesus. How do we do this? One way is through the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. But there's more. When we want to imitate someone we study them closely. If possible we spend time with them. We apply how they live or act to our lives. We can study and spend time with Jesus through the study of the Bible, in prayer, with fellow Christians and in serving others.
Why do we imitate God? Because we are His children. His dear children. Holy and dearly loved.
One of the highest forms of respect may be imitation. Wouldn't you love to hear someone say of you; "Their just like their Father!"