Follow God’s example in everything you do just as a much loved child imitates his father.” (Eph.5:1 TLB)
On a certain day as a very young lad, I decided to join my father in a fast having seen him fast on different occasions. I didn’t have the full understanding of the discipline of fasting, but I knew it was a Christian practice. So, on this day, I didn’t tell my parents nor my siblings that I was going to join dad in the self imposed fast. I skipped my breakfast but hurriedly rushed to the kitchen to eat it about 10am as I couldn’t stretch beyond that time due to the pangs of hunger.
That was my first attempt at fasting following my father’s example. Today, I’ve graduated from his tutelage and had gone further in that discipline than he practised or even envisioned. Thereby, giving credence to the wisdom of Lev S Vygotsky who said, “Through others we become ourselves.”
I’ve read from motivational books and heard from people that imitation is limitation. But I tend to disagree in some respects based on the revelation of Scriptures that I have. My reasons for disagreeing are as follows:
1. Imitation can only be limitation in the natural realm. Our text admonishes us to imitate God as our Father. Imitating God breaks off every lid of limitation. Hear this: You cannot imitate the Originator of all things and not be original.
Was Jesus limited in any way? The answer is NO! Hear what he said in John 5:19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
2. There is nothing new under the sun says The Preacher. There is no new challenge or problem. It may come in different forms, shades or degrees but the principles remain the same. Therefore, it will be common wisdom to imitate the faith, patience, dedication, tenacity of purpose, love and other sterling qualities of men and women who wholly follow God. (Jer.6:16; 1 Cor.11:1; Heb.6:12)
Permit me to state that imitation of God and His followers is an invitation to become original. The more you imitate God the more you discover your real identity.
There are two main areas that are strong in my spirit to encourage us to imitate God in order to show our direct origin from God and that will in turn make our destiny original and not marginal.
• Have the God – Kind of Faith.
To have the God kind of faith is to have the God kind of results. We’re admonished in Scripture to have the God kind of faith if we must see mountains move at our behest. Please note that this kind of faith is a speaking faith; a working faith and a behaving faith not just a believing faith. (Mark 11:22-24)
• Have the God Kind of Love.
The only way to show that we appreciate the love of the Father is to love Him and love like He does. Our origin from Him makes it incumbent on us to allow Christ dwell in our hearts by faith and be rooted and grounded in love. (Eph.3:13-19) God is love and has modelled love to us. We can only love in the true sense of it when we imitate Him. John in his epistle said that we love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
It’s important to note that without a father/son or daughter relationship you are not empowered to imitate God. Your initiation into God imitation begins with you believing and receiving His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour today and now.
It’s over to you!
To your originality in destiny.