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. Ephesians 5:1-2
Recently I listened to a guest speaker discuss faith at a local event. She was well-educated and a gifted speaker. As she spoke, I read her bio on the program I was holding. She is around my age and has achieved many things. She has earned a doctorate, started her own company and served as president at a university. And to top it off she’s a mom, too!
As I sat there comparing our accomplishments, I was reminded of a truth I’ve been learning in this season. As a follower of Christ, it’s only acceptable for me to compare myself to Jesus. Ephesians 5:1, says to be “imitators of Christ.” My goal is to become more like Jesus each day — not another mom.
It’s easy to get discouraged in this season of changing diapers and playing with mega blocks. I’m tempted to think I haven’t accomplished much, and my lack of accomplishments defines me. But the rest of Ephesians 5:1 says that I am a beloved child of God! I am HIS. I don’t need to do more or be more to gain His approval.
Instead of playing the comparison game where nobody wins, I want to walk in love. How would my interactions with other people change if I saw them first as children of God? Let’s choose to be moms who imitate Christ and walk in love.
Press on, Mama!
More Moments in the Word:
You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. Psalm 40:5
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:6-7
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
To Consider this Week:
What does it mean to walk in love?
Think of another mom who could use some encouragement. Send her a message or text of encouragement this week.