My desire is to encourage people’s hearts and challenge people’s minds to be more like Jesus – Erik Pluemer
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What is Himitate?
Himitate simply means to “Imitate Him”. It comes from the verse in Ephesians 5:1 which says:
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”
Himitate is essentially our sole purpose for existance and the point of the Good News of Jesus. Jesus loved us first, so we should learn to love Him and each other. The way God wants us to learn is by imitation. In fact the word imitate is the same word for “Follow.” Like, when Jesus constantly told people to “follow him”, he wasn’t just talking physically. But “Follow” can be misleading, wherein a better concept to this word should be rendered around the idea of “copying ” someone. So Himitate is about learning to Copy God. This Greek word mimētḗs means “to admire the pattern set by a mentor.” This same Greek Word literally translates into English as “to mimic.” If you really think about it, imitation is actually the most natural way we learn and grow. Think how the Apostle Paul describes our mimicking God’s example is just like a child watching their Parents. Children really do emulate their parents. What our parents do and/or don’t do speaks realms into all of our lives.
J.B. Phillips rendered this verse to say “As children copy their fathers you, as God’s children, are to copy him.” (Ephesians 5:1-2). I like how the New Life Version renders Ephesians 5:1 “Do as God would do. Much-loved children want to do as their fathers do.” We are inspired to imitate God because of His love. God’s Love through Jesus is the Good News, and it should inspire us to do as God would do. God has made us one of His own. For this purpose God wants to now reflect Himself through his people.
This is why I have started Himitate.