Introduction:

Ephesians 5:1 says, “Be imitators of God” (NIV). If every Christian was truly imitating Christ, the world would be a different place, and there would probably be a lot more people eager to know about Jesus.

Disciple Equals Imitator of God

Ephesians 5:1 says, “Be imitators of God” (NIV). What exactly does it mean to be an imitator?

> To follow the example of somebody
> To be or look like something or somebody

There are, of course, two ways to imitate someone—one positively and one negatively. Some may imitate the actions or look of someone in an attempt to make fun of them or to put them in a bad light or even just to annoy them. However, other forms of imitation can be a type of compliment. When you admire others so much that you want to model your actions or appearance after theirs, that’s a compliment and form of praise of their outstanding qualities. [1]

After all, if we are being true imitators of God—adopting His behavior and following His example—then it would be impossible for us to put Him in a bad light.

While Jesus was on earth He told His followers to “make disciples of all the nations.” Some synonyms of the word disciple are:

> follower
> believer
> devotee
> student

So being a disciple of Jesus means being a follower of Him, believing in Him, being devoted to Him, and being a student of His teachings. And as Paul teaches us in Ephesians, being an “imitator” of Him.

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