A.W. Tozer once wrote, Christians don’t tell lies, they just go to church and sing them. He was right. If we truly lived out everything that we sang in worship, our lives would be much different. We would all be much more like Jesus.
I’ve often heard it said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It’s a phrase that has been around for hundreds of years. In 1708, Jeremy Collier and Andre Dacier wrote a biography of Marcus Aurelius where a similar phrase was used by the Roman emperor himself. He said, You should consider that imitation is the most acceptable part of worship, and that the gods had much rather mankind should resemble, than flatter them.
Even though the emperor was mistaken as to the number of deities that actually exist, he was correct in the remainder of his statement. Offering our praise to the Lord is very important, however, it is not just about us singing or speaking praise to God in the moment, but it involves us imitating Jesus. In Ephesians 5, Paul stated Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. We are to love others as He loved us. So, let’s give the Lord our sincerest form of flattery. Let’s imitate Him and walk in His love.