Imitating Christ - 1 Corinthians 11:1

Imitating Christ

Sometimes our kids want to do what we do as parents. They want to dress like us, do the same activities as us, because they want to imitate us. We are their example as parents. We are the example of Christ to them; therefore, we are called to be imitators of Christ.
How are you imitating Christ in your daily lives?
1 Corinthians 11:1
1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
What does it mean to imitate something? Paul tells us to do as he does. Be a close follower of him and mimic what he does because this is what he does with Christ. In the NKJV Paul says to imitate him just as he imitates Christ. In the ESV here, it uses the word ‘of’ as a preposition. It indicates belonging to or having a possessive relationship. Paul has that deep and personal relationship with Christ. He belongs to Christ.

Paul sets an example of humility, submissiveness, and demonstrates love toward all. He understands the true nature and grace of God. There was division within the Corinthian church and throughout the previous chapters, he has been addressing concerns. In the last section of 1 Cor. 10, Paul tells us to do everything for the glory of God. Now, if we are imitating Christ and living aligning our hearts IN Christ, then naturally, our actions and words being to imitate Christ.

In 1 Timothy 4:12 it says, “12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

Therefore, I encourage all of us to imitate and follow Christ as Paul did. Be the example to those around you and be the witness of Christ to all. Do all things for the God’s glory and not our own profit.
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