What are we really doing in these first 21 days of this 52 day challenge? Are we just disciplining ourselves to pray, fast, study, meditate, and journal for the ‘sake of just doing the disciplines, or is there a greater purpose? Hopefully, you have an answer to that and hopefully that answer is; “I am disciplining myself to seek God’s face, to minimize the distractions and draw near to Him.” “I am doing this to “know Him more. ” I am convinced from scripture that the recipe for obedience (which is how I prove love for God) is this: The more I know Him, the more I love Him and the more I love Him, I will obey Him.
“Be imitators of God as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1).
Paul puts it flatly, bluntly, openly:
Be imitators of God. That is a great declaration. The word for imitators is the Greek word that means
to mimic. Mimics are those who follow the pattern or the example of God. If you want to put it simply, you can say it this way:
Be godlike. That is the goal of Christianity. It is to produce men and women, boys and girls, who are godlike in the midst of an ungodlike world. That is what it is all about.
Notice that it does not say,
Be gods. That is the lie of the devil. He distorts the truth and makes it come out as a promise to us that if we follow our own desires, throw overboard all restrictions, cast aside the bonds of authority, and do what we want to do, we can be gods. For, after all, isn’t that what God does? He does what He wants; He is sovereign; He does what He likes. But that is a lie. This is not what the Christian faith says. It says rather,
be godlike, meaning,
reflect the one true and holy God. There is only one God. There can be only one God. By definition, God is a supreme being. How many supreme beings can you have? Only one.
Therefore, the Christian message is to be like the one true God. Reflect Him in your humanity. Be a godlike man. Be a godlike woman. From this we get our English word godly. After all, this word godly, which makes many of us cringe and feel uncomfortable, is simply a shortened form of the word godlike. It originally came from the word godlikeness. Godlikeness is godliness; godliness is godlikeness.
What will you be like if you are godlike? Will you be strong? Yes, of course. There is no strength like God’s strength. Will you be filled with power if you are godlike? Oh yes, but be careful. It is a different kind of power than the world desires. It is quieter, less apparent, but far mightier. Will you be happy if you are godlike? Oh yes, but a different kind of happiness than the world is seeking after. Will you be wise and kind? Of course, wiser and kinder than you have ever been before, because that is what God is.
We can sum all this up in two words. Despite all the works of God that are evident around us, both in the natural world and in the world of thought and ideas, there are really only two things that God ever does in human history: God creates and He redeems. Those are the two things. Everything in the whole universe gathers about these two. God creates and God redeems. God makes things live, and God heals that which is broken. It is because God is life and God is love. He is therefore our Maker and our Healer. And that is what you will be if you become godly. You will learn how to live to the fullest capacity of your humanity. And you will learn how to love and to heal, to restore and bring together instead of to scatter and fragment and break apart. For that is godlikeness. It is desirable, isn’t it? Who does not want to be like this?
Ours is to be not just a performance, but a true and genuine day by day, hour by hour representation of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not about trying to imitate the way He dressed or the sound of His voice. It’s about living a life-style that reflects His character, and the only way we can accomplish this is to be “filled with the Spirit,” (Ephesians 5:18) and to spend time with Him on a consistent basis. How exciting that God not only calls us to imitate Christ, but gives us His Spirit to help us do that.
(Authentic Christianity: Ray Steadman)