November 24, 2008
I’ve been looking at the concept of “Imitatio Dei” as an authentic way of experiencing the Divine (or the Spirit). In other words, by being “godly” or displaying “God-like qualities” we will have transformed hearts and minds. For example, God is compassionate, in Luke 6 Jesus commands us, saying: “Be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” Therefore, if we show compassion to others, we will experience the Divine.
Is it possible that through living “God-like” lives that we experience God and this is central to the message of the kingdom of God?
Another example is found in 1 John 4:16: “God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.”
Marcus Borg says: “The ethical imperative is to live in accord with God’s character.”
When we couple this with Grace I find an immense sense of freedom to experience God in everyday activities and in others. This is not a legalistic approach that is focused on sin but a gracious life focused on discovering the heart and ways of God.
“And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (The Message)