It is often said, “imitation is the highest form of flattery.” Perhaps, this bit of folk wisdom is on to something. Ephesians 5:1 instructs us to be imitators of God. What could be more flattering to God than his creatures attempting to imitate their Creator?
It’s hard to imitate someone you never seen, isn’t it? We have seen God in the person of Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:15 tells us that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus is the exact representation of God. Thus, if you claim to be an imitator of God you are claiming that your life looks like Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a life of love. In fact, he loved to the point that he gave his life. Until you have reached the point of self-sacrifice you have failed to imitate God.
Of course, this can’t be done in your own strength. Ask God for the strength to live like Jesus. I’m sure he’ll receive the request as a form of flattery. I’m also sure that he’ll give you the needed strength.