When Paul says to “imitate” God, it’s not a suggestion.
1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. (Eph. 5:1-7, NIV)
The things Paul says shouldn’t even be mentioned among us…
We learn how to “fudge” words and meanings fairly quick. We “wrestle” over what sexual immorality is these days. We don’t think we have a problem with “greed” because we don’t have a bank account the size of some Wall Street banker.
There is a higher call in Christ. There is a walk that is worthy of Christ.
We need a sober reminder of our high calling. Then, with humility, we need to walk in the way of our Savior rather than in the way of this world.