1 Corinthians 11:1, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”
Paul (who was known as Saul) was not always a Christ follower. He led a life that was very contrary to God. His life was so bad that he was stopped in his tracks and led to a home and was converted. He was to be used by God to spread the Word. He was to be an imitator of Christ.
Paul states very succinctly to the people of Corinth to imitate him and he will imitate Christ. Now could Paul imitate Christ exactly? No. In fact, no one can. Jesus is perfect. Without sin. Paul, as all humans, sins. To imitate is to copy. In life, Paul did his best to copy what Christ did by preaching and teaching to the world the message of God. He had the Holy Spirit in him to give him the words to speak.
Paul had lots of followers that thought that because he could perform miracles, he was a god. He was always quick to say that he is not a god, but he would tell them about the True God in Heaven. Paul never claimed to be God or Jesus. He often called himself “a bondservant.” This would suggest that he was in debt to Christ, as are all those who accept the gift that Jesus offers.
As we live our lives, we must imitate Christ as Paul and so many others before and after Paul have done. Christ is the example for all to follow. He was perfect from start to finish. He showed us examples of being tempted, sad, angry, happy, and challenged. In those things, he was still perfect. No sin. In what we do, we are to avoid sin. This is not possible all the time but we must put forth effort to avoid sin at all costs.
Imitation is key and imitation is made possible through reading the Word of God. It is the navigation system for our minds, hearts and souls. Without it, we would be lost. Without Jesus, we would not be saved. Without God, we would not exist. Let us imitate God today!
Thank You for all that You do for us. You are our perfect example. I pray that we all can learn to imitate You more. You have provided us with so many ways to live and how to handle situations in our lives. At the heart of our lives should be Your love. Love covers all and handles so much when dealing with others. I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ that they may be more Christ-like every day. We are so excited that one day we get to see You in all Your glory. We are ready.
In Your name we pray,