Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. –Ephesians 5:1-2 New Living Translation
It’s Christmas Eve and some of us may still be scrambling to get that perfect gift for a friend or loved one. There are so many questions associated with getting a gift for people you care about. What do they want? What do they need? How much can I afford? Will someone else be giving them the same thing? What will this gift communicate about our relationship or how I feel about this person? The psychological game of trying to get into someone else’s head and figure out what they would consider a good gift can be very tiring.
Gift buying is a stressful thing for me because I am not very good at it. I need quite a bit of help when it comes to choosing gifts to give. My wife on the other hand always knows the right gifts to get for people. She takes a lot of time to research and always seems to know just what people want. She is amazing when it comes to expressing love through gift giving. If I follow her example, people feel loved and appreciated. Often the more thought put into selecting a gift coupled with the sacrifice given towards acquiring the gift will make the recipient feel loved and cherished. One could say that the greater the sacrifice the deeper the devotion.
The Apostle Paul, wrote a letter to the church in Ephesus urging them to imitate God by following the example that Jesus set for those who will follow His teachings pop over to these guys. God is the ultimate gift giver, and we would be wise to follow His example as we live our lives. In Ephesians 5, the notion of imitating God is not a suggestion for us to do if we felt like it. God is clear that we are to follow the example’s lived out by Jesus, in everything that we do. As you take the time to think about the gifts that you give to your loved ones in this season. I urge you to think about how you can follow the example of Christ by giving of yourself. Oren Arnold provides some nice gift suggestions for us to consider.
“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold
1.) How do you think sharing such a gift would make that individual feel?
2.) Look at each category in the quote and evaluate if you have someone you can share one of these suggested gifts with today.
Lord, I am grateful for being provided the opportunity to imitate You. I pray for a heightened awareness of every opportunity that presents itself today to follow the example You have given me, Jesus.