In 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul says, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." Paul is telling the Corinthians, you can follow my example because I am following the example of Christ.
Can I say that about my life? Can I tell other to "imitate me as I imitate Christ"? Do my interactions with others follow the example of Christ?
In some areas of my life, I could say yes that I am like Christ. But in many areas I would not want my children or anyone else following my example.
I get impatient and lose my temper. I am selfish and want things to go my way. I don't love the unlovable. I hold grudges instead of offering forgiveness. I focus on building my kingdom instead of God's. I forget what it means to live a gospel-centered life. I put leisure activities before my relationship with Christ. I worry about the cost of serving.
It reminds me of that old saying, "Do as I say, not as I do". It's much easier to just tell other people how to live instead of being an example of Christ for them to follow.
If I want to be like Paul and be able to say. "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ", then I have to be intentional about my interactions and choices every day in every situation. I must put on the mind of Christ and fix my eyes solely on Jesus. My relationship with Him must supersede every other relationship and activity.
I need to remind myself daily that my purpose here on earth is not about me at all. My purpose here on earth is to proclaim the name of Christ to those around me. I can't proclaim the name of Christ if I'm preoccupied with a life of sin or fulfilling my own desires.
I need to love others with a 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love and forgive others as Christ has forgiven me.
When I embrace my purpose as not just a follower of Christ but an imitator of Him then I can stand with Paul and say, "Imitate me, as I imitate Christ."
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