1 Corinthians 11:1-2 – “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.” (NASB)
I had to keep going back to the original. While doing some plaster work on ceiling trim, I had to go back to the original piece that had fallen off to make sure that I was making it look like the original. It meant a lot of trial and error as I applied more coats of plaster to build it up, then scrap away the parts it didn't need. It had to be an exact copy or else it wouldn't have looked right! Today's scripture shares what Paul told the church at Corinth about being imitators of himself as he was an imitator of Christ - remembering everything and holding firm to the traditions of Christ. We can say the words, but I wonder if we are really living as imitators of Christ - going to church, adding our money to the offering, even being polite, but when we are behind closed doors, when no one sees us, are we imitators of Christ? Like the plaster job I was doing, maybe we need to keep adding more of Christ to our lives and taking away more of us to truly be imitators of Christ. If we only talk the talk, but don't walk the walk, we aren't very good copies of Him.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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