Being an imitator of Jesus means we view things differently than the world. This means we answer questions differently about significant goals in life. We have different priorities in our life than a person who does not know Jesus. We strive not to please men and people, but we strive to please Christ. In his letter to the Ephesian Christians, the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:1a, “Therefore be imitators of God.” This is one of the most startling admonitions in the New Testament. It is the only place in the entire Bible where Christians are commanded to imitate God. What does that mean? And how are Christians to imitate God? That is what we will be examining in our series titled, “Be Imitators of God.”
In America, severe storms have caused billions in damages and taken many lives and in their wake, we see destruction and pain. While you may not have been personally touched by recent severe weather, nor may ever go through the devastation of a natural disaster, you will face severe storms of life. All of us will be buffeted by temptation, betrayal, and pain from life’s raging storms. We will face times of trouble, persecution, loneliness, and loss. How will you and your family prepare yourselves for these storms of life? The time to prepare for a storm is long before it’s raging. In this series, Storm Proof, we will examine the importance of living life on a biblical foundation, acknowledging God as our refuge and source of strength. We will learn how to prepare ourselves in advance to trust God in every circumstance, even when we don’t understand all that is going on around us. (And we never will!) With God’s help, we can overcome past hurts and prepare ourselves for whatever the future holds because we know the One that holds our future!
NLT | Jn 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”