5 Ways to be Strong Imitators of Christ

Imitators of Christ

Called to be Imitators

Paul encourages the Believers in Ephesus, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”1

“A child imitating his or her parent is the most natural thing in the world. It’s how children learn everything from brushing their teeth to putting away toys to treating others with respect. Young children want to grow up to be like their parents, and they will often pretend to be their parents—trying on their parents’ shoes, wearing their hats, etc. It’s an important part of childhood play as they imitate what they see in their parents. This is the type of mimicry that Paul alludes to in Ephesians 5.”2

Just as children imitate their natural parents, Believers are called to imitate God. We are to follow Christ’s example. As we imitate Christ, we grow in our love and surrender to God our Father just as natural children grow in their ability to imitate, love, and follow their earthly parents.

We want to live in such a way that people are brought closer to Jesus Christ because of how we live our lives demonstrating His love.

5 Ways to be Imitators of Christ

1 – Imitators Deny Self

Imitators deny self, take up their cross, and follow Jesus.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.’” ~Matthew 16:24 WEB

“Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.” ~Philippians 2:5-7 WEB

2 – Imitators Walk in His Light

Jesus is the Light of the world, and because He lives in us, we become His light to the world.

“Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.’” ~John 8:12 WEB

“You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do you light a lamp and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:14-16 WEB

“For you were once darkness, but are now light in the world. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, proving what is well pleasing to the Lord.” ~Ephesians 5:8-10 WEB

3 – Imitators Enter by the Narrow Way

Jesus is Eternal and gives us everlasting life in Him.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me.’” ~John 14:6 WEB

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it.” ~Matthew 7:13-14 AMP

“Therefore let’s also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~Hebrews 12:1-2 WEB

4 – Imitators are Transformed into His Likeness

We become what we behold. When we focus on Jesus – His Words of Life, His nature, His characteristics expressed through His attitudes and actions – we become more like Him.

“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who love me, and gave Himself up for me.” ~Galatians 2:20 WEB

“But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.” ~2 Corinthians 3:18 WEB

“For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” ~2 Corinthians 10:3-5 WEB

“Beloved, don’t imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of God. He who does evil hasn’t seen God.” ~3 John 1:11 WEB

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, for its lusts.” ~Romans 13:14 WEB

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” ~Philippians 1:21 WEB

5 – Imitators Walk in the Spirit

“A ‘walk’ in the Bible is often a metaphor for practical daily living. The Christian life is a journey, and we are to walk it [or] make consistent forward progress. The Spirit gave us life in the new birth (John 3:6), and we must continue to live, day by day, in the Spirit.”3

“For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” ~Romans 8:14 AMP

“If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit.” ~Galatians 5:25 WEB

How to Implement as Imitators of Christ

When we humble ourselves before the Lord, we are able to:

  • Deny ourselves
  • Walk in His Light
  • Enter the Narrow Way
  • Be Transformed into His Likeness

“And [Jesus] called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 18:2-4 NASB

Let us humble ourselves before the Lord and be transformed into Christ’s likeness.

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References:

1 Ephesians 5:1-2 NASB

2 What does it mean to be Imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1)? Retrieved May 9, 2022, from What does it mean to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1)? | GotQuestions.org

3 What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? Retrieved May 11, 2022, from What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? | GotQuestions.org

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26 thoughts on “5 Ways to be Strong Imitators of Christ”

  1. Lisa, such a practical post! There are so many ways to be imitators of Christ, I appreciate the 5 ways you share here. The more time we spend with Him the more like Him we become!

  2. Lillian Rountree

    After reading, Lisa, I realized how Holy Spirit brought some of these scriptures to mind as our small prayer group prayed for the nation and Israel yesterday. He confirms the Father’s beautiful heart to pray and communicates through His Word. Your beautiful picture of children imitating a parent reaffirms the joy of being with Jesus in the serious and lighter hearted talks. Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad you were encouraged Lillian! And He is so kind to affirm us through His Word, and it’s wonderful to hear how your small group was impressed with some of these same scriptures during prayer yesterday.

  3. Hi Lisa, I love this post. I am not very creative, I tend to be more practical, so this post is very key for me. Great practical advice. I love the 5 points. I will be adding this to my (new) list of favourite posts. It is a place where I can find those posts I’d like to refer back to from time to time.
    God bless
    Tracy

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