May 292020

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1–2)

The life of a Christ-follower is a life of selflessness, self-denial, self-giving; it is a life lived with others in mind. We are to be “imitators of God” (v. 1), living in love (v. 2) just as “Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (v. 2). If you ask me, we could use a little more selflessness these days, a tad more self-denial, a bit more self-giving; we could use our own personal freedoms for the good of everyone. Just as Christ chose to give himself up as an offering to God, so to our offering to God is our life lived for the good of everyone. – rc

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