We live in an age where Imitation is common. For example when you go for shopping, you are totally amazed when you see the price tag of some of the products. How are these products available at such a meager cost? These products look fine but the quality factor is in question. The same product if purchased, coupled with top notch quality would be expensive to buy. I suspect the concept of Use & Throw has a lot to do when you talk about Imitation. Why don't I check out something new when I get bored with the old? So I guess Imitation has become part of commercialization.
From the spiritual perspective the Bible encourages us to be Imitators of God. Personally I believe God is worth imitating. After all it was God's idea to make man in His image. In the first book of the Bible Genesis, we read - Then God said "Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. The first man and woman were a microcosm of the church, signaling that God's glory would forever be seen in the Earth through the combined expression of male and female.
Thousands of years later the apostle Paul writing to the Church at Ephesus says - Be imitators of God as dear children. He talks about the three walks in life that will help us to become an Imitator of God. Let us look at these three walks briefly.
1. Walk in Love: As Christians we are asked to walk in love, the manner in which Christ also loves us. That is a high standard of love. Unless God pours his sacrificial love into our hearts we cannot reproduce it. Love is not a manner of sentiment alone, but practical concern, blessing, prayer, and positive wishes for well - being, extended to friend and enemy alike.
2. Walk in Light: If we profess to follow Christ who is the Light of the world, then we will not walk in darkness but have the light of life. Paul contrasts the conduct of believers and unbelievers, especially in areas of sexual morality. The contrasts are appropriately described in terms of light and darkness. As children of the Light we are cautioned not to have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them.
3. Walk in Wisdom: If we want to be Imitators of God then we are exhorted to walk in wisdom. Our God is the source of all Wisdom. The Bible says - If any of you lack wisdom let him ask God who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him. We are advised to walk sensitively as a person would walk through a thorny terrain.
Friends I am assured that if our walk is faithful in terms of love, light and wisdom we will be successful in imitating our God. And as we imitate God, we can thank Him in confidence because He will leads us in triumphantly in Christ and through us, diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.