Today’s Verse: 1 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me. NASB
Do we more typically want people to imitate what we say or what we do? There are so many disappointments in Christianity today when we find out what too often really goes on “behind the scenes”. On Sunday morning, everyone is all cleaned up, dressed up and masked up. Visitors often are curious if they could ever be as holy and clean as the people they see on Sunday morning. There is however a big difference between being genuine and being like “white-washed tombstones” (Matt 23:27). God outs the fake sooner or later and it is these days too often those who would stand as leaders in the body. I have often commented on how brazen Paul’s statements are of “be imitators of me” and other statements to that effect. I have said that I would not have the nerve or confidence to say such a thing. But why not? Although Christ’s likeness is certainly an unreachable goal, it is clearly to be what we strive for as His disciples (Eph 5:1-2). Why then would we not say, “Follow my example as I attempt to follow Christ’s”? Even Paul admitted that he fell short of that goal all too often (Rom 7:15), yet he still called others to follow his lead. We certainly must put our faith in Christ, not men or women. However, consider if you will that as you are growing in maturity and His likeness, why not hold yourself up as an example of those who are sincerely striving to walk holy? Ask God to search your heart and show you that which is keeping you from taking Paul’s step of confidence. We do not need another example of perfection, Jesus is that. What we do need is Christian brothers and sisters who are willing to be leaders and examples of how to live the Christian life every day. Will you strive to be that?
May God bless your heart as you seek His.