Imitate?

Yesterday, I read what might be the greatest challenge that could be made to anyone claiming to live the Christian life. From last week (3/25) on the website of the Logan Martin Church of Christ, in “Ande’s Thoughts” was first these scriptures quoted:

     Paul says, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1) and “therefore I urge you, imitate me” (1 Cor 4:16).

     The Hebrew writer said “that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:8).

     John says, “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good, He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God” (3 John 11).

Then Ande issues this appropriate challenge:

Think of the word ‘imitate’ in our lives today. Is this a word that we could use in describing our lives to others, to “imitate me”? Could we say as Paul “be like me, as I am like Christ”? To literally tell others, “If you follow my path, you will be like Christ”? Could we “urge” others to really and truly “become like me” as Paul said?

Think about it.

 

Gary Greene

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