My question to myself today is this “If others are imitating me are they also imitating Christ?” If not, shouldn’t they be?
This question came to mind as I read 1 Corinthians 11:1 and Paul’s statement
“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”
As I ponder this question I am bombarded with visions of all the people I come into contact with each day. Many of those people are teenagers since I work at a Technical School. I also spend a lot of time with the church youth group and as I think about conversations and behaviors I may exhibit at times I am challenged to ask myself this question. I’m afraid to think of what I may, at times, look like to others. The reality is though, I am a Christian. Why should I be acting any other way? Why do we continue in our sinful behavior when we have been freed from the power of that sin?
“Now we have recieved not the Spirit of the world, but THE SPIRIT who is from God that we might know the things that have been FREELY given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12
We have the power within us to always behave in a “Christ-like” manner. Not our power but THE POWER. So, I have no excuse. I want nothing more than to see my children and others grow in the Lord and as I walk among them my prayer is that I will be imitating Christ to them, so they too can imitate Christ to others…and on and on it will go.
So are you imitating Christ? Hmmmmm, something to think about, isn’t it?
I think I’ll post this verse on my computer at work and on my mirror and in the car and…
Lord, thank you for revealing this to me today. The gentle yet important reminder that as Your child I should be like you. May others see You and not me at all ‘for You must increase and I must decrease’ May I walk in such a way that it draws others to Your side. In Jesus’ Name-