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1 Corinthians 11:1 says, “And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” (NLT)
What a crazy and bold statement for Paul to make to his readers. But Paulʼs “Check me out” isnʼt wrapped up in a selfish or conceited thought, he isnʼt attempting to draw attention to himself, he isnʼt clamoring for center stage, he isnʼt luring the spotlights from all around so that he can have the limelight. On the contrary, he very much reflects the attention he receives towards Christ, the One he realizes has made him into the man he was. Paul was constantly reflecting Christ in all that he did.
I have to tell you that Iʼm not sure how comfortable I would be with someone else imitating everything I did in my life. I mean I donʼt want to lead you to believe that Iʼm out slinging dope on the side but I am a flawed person. To quite literally encourage people to imitate how I live my life as a man of God, as a husband, as a father, as a pastor, or in how much time I spend in the Word or in prayer, thatʼs a pretty risky thing.
Yet Paul says, “Look at me”. Because in reality as you would investigate the life of Paul and as you would begin to dig around a little bit, it didn’t take you long to realize that his entire life was patterned after the life of Christ.
There’s the lesson for you and I today. How comfortable would you be in telling your children, your family, your co-workers, your neighbors, the clerk at the super-market to pattern their life after yours? That’s a tough question to answer honestly but it’s one that must be answered if we are truly desiring to follow Jesus closely.
Father God, I ask that you would grant me the wisdom and the discipline to pattern my life after you and you alone. May I seek to respond, speak, listen, act, think and move like You. Amen.