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Be an Imitator!
With All Your Heart, Soul, and Mind
Ve’ahauta et Adonai Eloheikha bekhol lavavkha uvekhol - nafshekha uvekhol - meodekha
Matityahu-ha’Levi (Matthew) 22:37--”You shall love Adonai Eloheinu with ALL your heart, with ALL your soul, and with ALL your mind.” (capitalization added by me for emphasis)
This verse leaves us with the knowledge of all that we are is to worship all that our Creator is. To worship Elohim is to respond to Elohim.
Who or What Do We Imitate?
When I was younger, oh first or second grade, I really liked watching the television show “Laverne & Shirley”. Oddly enough, not because I liked Shirley because my name is Shirley; but, because I really liked Laverne. She was way out there. She didn’t try to be all sissy and prissy trying to make herself look good for other people. She told it like it was and that was simply the way it was. Oh, and her favorite drink was milk and Pepsi®. Guess what? I wanted to be like Laverne. And, my favorite drink became milk and Pepsi®. Oh, it was so good! It was sweet because of the Pepsi® and bubbly because of the milk. Oh, it was so good! And, I remember thinking, if I could just spend a single day with Laverne, I’d be as happy as a kid in a candy store!
Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be “imitators of Elohim”. That means that we need to want to talk like Him, walk like Him, love like Him, forgive like Him, offer grace freely as He does, show mercy to those who might not otherwise deserve mercy as He does. All the honor and respect and response that we show to celebrities and other famous people is really only to be given to Elohim … Shemot (Exodus) 20:3 says, “You shall have no other baalim (gods) in place of me.”
Elohim is our Creator, the Creator of all Heaven and Earth. He shows us throughout His word (the Bible), as well as in our lives, His character and power. This is Who we must be imitating in all aspects of our lives. Worship is not “something” we do just once a week so that we can wake up on Monday mornings and tell people how “good” we honored Elohim. Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American philosopher, once said, “It will behoove us to be careful about who or what we worship, for whatever it is that we worship, we will become.”
I Will Imitate Elohim
I worship Elohim Who has compassion, Who provides, Who is merciful, Who is gracious, Who is slow to anger, Who is Truth, Who is kind, Who forgives, Who pardons and Who loves beyond my mere human imagination.
Ephesians 5:1--”Be therefore imitators of Elohim, as beloved children.”