Imitation Irritation


Image-Reflecting: Being an imitator.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Ephesians 5:1

Follow God’s example, therefore as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love.


Who is your hero? How do you show it? Each of us is on a journey through life. Like most journeys we have to choose the way we will go. This journey requires a lot of decisions. Along the way are exits that go off the main road and there are obstacles that block the road, there are people to help and to love. How we react to these things will show who we follow, who our hero is. When we belong to Jesus, we follow his way, and his way is the way of love. When you follow his way, you show that Jesus is your hero.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Who is running around town dressing and acting like Liz?
A. Scooter.

Q. How does Liz react?
A. He gets very angry and is mean to Scooter.

Q. What does Liz learn from Grandpa?
A. That the name “Christian” was originally meant to be an insult.

Q. Who was Scooter going to bring to school as his hero?
A. Liz.

Q. What did Liz do to apologize to Scooter for his bad behavior?
A. He let Scooter help him with hosting on WLZR.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


What does the Bible say about imitating?


Surprisingly the Bible tells us to imitate. And it instructs us whom we are to imitate, we are to imitate God and godly people. Ephesians 5: 1 says that we are to follow God’s example (in other versions it says, “Be imitators of God . . .” ) and in 1 Corinthians 4: 14-16 Paul tells his readers to imitate him. (See also 1 Thessalonians 1: 6, Hebrews 6: 12, 13:7.)  Of course we can’t do what God does. We have neither the power or the authority to do so. But we can imitate God in his love and service for others. And we can strive to imitate God by living holy lives. One command that we find repeated in the Bible is “Be holy as I am holy.” When we make that our goal, we will become more and more like God and God will be pleased. (1 Peter 1:16.)


Do you have a hero? Do you try to imitate God and godly people? Think of someone you could make your hero today, someone godly who will help you to imitate God.
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