“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.” –Ephesians 5:1
If I forget one of the grandest realities of the gospel – that God is my Father – I will forget who I am and will behave like an orphan. I will frantically try to protect and provide for myself at all costs. Even if it means stepping over others, complaining, and being aggressive, I’ll do what I must to get what I need or want. I’ll believe I don’t have any one to care nor provide for me so I will behave irrationally and selfishly.
Christians at one time were orphans, but we are not anymore (Ephesians 1:4). We have a good Father who protects, provides, and cares for us (Psalm 27:1; Matthew 6:31–34). We are his beloved children. He loves us perfectly. He is jealous for us. He likes us. We have been blessed with everything (Ephesians 1:3). Therefore, we do not need anything apart from His presence.
However, if we forget, we revert back to who we once were. We will not be good imitators of our Father. We will not initiate love toward others. We will take what we want and as much of it as we can. We will use people to satisfy us. And when they fail us, we will respond in rage and impatience.
But there is always good news from God for those in Christ Jesus. He cherishes, keeps, and takes ownership of us as his children (Jude 24). He does not look at us as unwanted orphans (Romans 8:1). God in His grace has adopted us.
God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinning, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). And like any child who enjoys mimicking and being like their parent, we too are free to sacrifice just like our Daddy and his only begotten son. We lose nothing, but gain everything because in Him we have an imperishable inheritance (Acts 20:35).