After the first Star Wars movies came out, whenever Alec Guinness appeared in public, people expected him to look, sound, and behave like the role he played in those movies. His fans had a hard time separating the person of Sir Alec Guinness from the fictional character, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Letter to the Ephesians urges Christians to intentionally try on a new role with the expectation that Christians would exude those characteristics at other times.
Therefore be imitators of God,
We are to try out for the role of the creator, redeemer, and sustainer of creation. Although actualizing that role would be far beyond human capabilities. None-the-less we should try. For each time that we try to act divine, we take on some of the characteristics of Christ in the rest of our lives. If we are even in the slightest bit successful, people around us will expect us to act that way all of the time.
I will have more to say about Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 12th at 10:00 AM.
A Tip for Parents
While Ephesians talks of putting on the image of God, in the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us to take is body into us. We we say “this is my body” and “this is my blood” every time we take the Lord’s Supper. These words do not mean we physically eat Jesus. Instead they remind us that Christ is within us and we are to show how God acts in us and through us.