Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. –Eph5.1-2
When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, the holy image of God imprinted in their hearts was disfigured. Man lost his likeness with God. So from Genesis to Revelation, God put into motion His materplan of restoring that image in our fallen nature.
We are meant to be like Christ. We are meant to live lives that reflect the radiance of the glory of God.
In the verse I quoted above, Paul implored us to be imitators of God. Nowhere in the world it is okay to ask others to imitate an original, to make copies, to replicate. Only here. Only God can do that. Why?
Because the alternative is too ghastly to consider. If our lives are not an imitation of the glory of Christ, we fall to the default darkness of the world, to sin, to immorality, to impurity, to greed, and to all forms of unrighteousness.
We wouldn’t want to be there. God does’t want us to be there.