“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loves us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” —Ephesians 5:1
One of the definitions of the word radical is “very different from the usual.” Nothing is more “different from the usual” than the story of Christmas: the God of the universe came to save humanity in the form of a vulnerable baby. Fully human and fully God, born of a virgin.
“The most radical act: He who was highest became the lowest to love the lowly. He was obedient unto death. Our most radical act: follow where He leads.” —Frontier Ventures
Ephesians 5:1 instructs us to be imitators of God. The radical nature of Jesus’s birth, life and death leads us to humbly, boldly and extravagantly give our lives for the sake of God’s work in the world. As we step out in faith, we can trust that God will faithfully reconcile all things to Himself through Jesus (Colossians 1:20), making a way for people from every nation, tribe, people and language to know Him. We are invited—compelled, even—to join God in this Kingdom work, which is for all peoples. Radical, indeed!