Ephesians 5:1-2 – ESV
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Have you ever tried to learn something without anyone showing you how to do it? It’s hard, you have no model for what things are supposed to look like, how things are supposed to go, and what the end result is supposed to be. Fortunately, that is not how God teaches us. God didn’t give us a set of rules and tell us to figure it out. Yes, He gave us rules and guidelines, but He also gave us His Son to show us what those rules look like. Are we going to get it right all the time? No. But God never gives up on us. God is a good Father, He doesn’t expect perfection. When babies begin to walk, we don’t expect perfection from them, it is the same principle here. As the verse says, we are God’s beloved children. He isn’t going to be angry with us, when we mess up a few times. God is less concerned with our ”perfection” before Him, than He is about our connection with Him.
God sent Jesus to show us how to walk. He lived and showed everyone what chasing after God really looks like. When we first start as Christians, we don’t have it all figured out. We have to learn, God has to teach us how to follow Him. We start out kind of wobbly, but we gradually gain the confidence needed to chase after God with everything we are and everything we have. I think that is a big part of what this verse is saying.
We need to love the way Jesus loved, chasing Him down with reckless abandon. Jesus loved all the way. He loves us so much that He was willing to give up everything He had, just to save us. Jesus was in complete surrender to God, there was nothing He held back or held out from God. We need to live our lives in the same way. It isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being willing. As long as we are moving forward and following the example that Jesus set for us, we will be moving closer to God. And as we draw closer to Him, God will draw closer to us. Which in turn will show the world who God is and how He loves.