Read: Ephesians 5:1-21
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. (vv. 1-2)
I enjoy looking at the different footprints when I walk on a sandy beach. From the tiny toe indentations of a toddler to the waffle-weave remnants of a large tennis shoe, these imprints in the sand tell stories of who has gone before. Each footprint is unique.
Today’s passage asks us to imitate the way Christ walked, but these footprints are very large. He gave the ultimate sacrifice of himself. As God’s beloved children, we are called to do the same. Walking in love means sacrificing ourselves, giving up selfish ways, and imitating a walk that puts God and others first. There should be “no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking” (v. 4), no impurity, coveting, or deception (vv. 5-6). Following in Christ’s footsteps requires us to “walk as children of light” (v. 8). This passage is full of instructions for ways to walk wisely in the world, “making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (v. 16). The apostle Paul tells us to always be thankful and to reverently submit to each other (vv. 20-21).
Walking like this is not a simple stroll on the beach. We may have to stretch our spiritual legs to match Jesus’ stride. But by sacrificing our own desires and loving the people God puts in our path, we can strive to imitate him. —Denise Vredevoogd
Prayer: Jesus, help us to follow in your footsteps.