It’s Halloween! The day of the year dedicated to dressing up and acting out your favorite character, whether from a movie, video game, tv show, book, etc. Today we have a judge free zone of imitating our favorite characters. How fun, how neat. To bad it is only once a year.
Sometimes we go all out with our halloween costumes. Take me for example, I shaved my head so I can be Bane from Batman. Some of us spend weeks planning out our perfect costume for this day. This one day. The day we can be anyone we want.
This Halloween a particular verse comes to mind, Ephesians 5:1,
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children
Be imitators of God. This isn’t just a one day a year thing, this isn’t just a one day a week thing *cough*Sunday. It’s always.
As verse 2 says,
and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
So how do we imitate God? With love.
As cool as it sounds to be Bane or Batman for Halloween, I think it is even cooler to be imitators of God. We don’t deserve this kind of imitation, but yet God has given us this. We can also never live up to it, but He still let’s us try.
Why? Because what is more powerful than love? Actual love. The love worth dying for. The love that can bring light to the darkest of places. That’s the kind of love God wants us to be. That is the kind of love we should imitate.
As you go out and prepare your costume, think about the ways you can also imitate God. Not just today, but everyday.
I am leaving you with a quote about love from my favorite book, which also has it’s movie premiering tonight, Ender’s Game
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves