Be imitators of God

Have you ever spent time in the Bible reading Deuteronomy? All of the do’s and don’ts that the Law of God points out, all of the everything in our everyday life, God had Moses write down. He even tells Moses to tell the Israelite’s what kind of clothes and fibers should be worn and sew together! God even goes on to tell the Israelite’s that if you’re going to eat a kid goat, don’t boil it in its mother’s milk!
I’ve often thought and even stated out loud that we are not under the law and we don’t have to worry about all of these things any longer, which is true. We don’t need to worry if we wear a cotton shirt with a pair of knit jeans. We don’t have to fret over the trivial things that God has laid down in His law for the Israelites to follow, but I thought about this another way this week, how involved do we need to let God be in our lives?
I mean, what if we did everything to please Him? What if we asked Him if He would be pleased with what we were wearing or what we were eating or how we conducted our lives in our everyday activities, don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, our days would go a little smoother? If He was involved in everything we did, down to what we shopped for, what we watched on TV or the type of music we listened to (Well you understand where I’m coming from), don’t you think our lives and our attitudes would be a little easier to control? Sounds fanatical doesn’t it? But someone once asked me if I knew the definition of a fanatic? I said no, and he answered, “Someone that loves Jesus more than you do!” Ouch!
It is my desire to allow God control my life. It is my desire to imitate Him like it tells us to in Ephesians 5:1 “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly beloved children.” And then Paul goes on to tell the Church at Ephesus in the next verse, “and walk in love as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for us…” Wow. So if we make Him a part of everything in our lives and we become imitators of God in all of our actions, then we can be pretty sure that we can have the peace of Jesus rule in our everyday lives like it says in Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful”. Will our circumstances change? Probably not! But we no longer have to be under our circumstances! We can be on top of them because in Jesus there’s victory! Naomi and I love you all.