“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Who do we pattern our lives after?
In a personality-obsessed culture with sports heroes, movie stars, and musicians, who and what are we imitating?
Paul builds on the family metaphor as he calls us to imitate God, in particular the sacrificial love of Christ. Because of the gospel, Paul himself is a prisoner for the Lord, and for the Gentiles. As he patterned his life after Christ, so we are invited to do the same.
In what ways is God inviting us to give ourselves up for the sake of others as an offering, or sacrifice, to God?
In a culture that is focused on self-indulgence, living with sacrificial love will stand out.
“Lord Jesus, thank you for giving yourself for me. I pray for the grace to give of myself for others, for your glory.”