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Think about this: Would you be comfortable to contact all of your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors today and tell them that they should live the way you’re living? Could you say them, “If you want to see what it looks like to be honest, generous, kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving, just imitate the way I live, because I am imitating the life of Christ really well.”
It’s pretty astounding that the Apostle Paul not only felt comfortable saying something like this, he felt comfortable saying it quite regularly. Paul didn’t hesitate to write to others and say, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” Or, “Follow my example.” Or, “Whatever you have seen from me, put it into practice.”
Apparently, Paul was either very arrogant, or he was living in such a way that he was day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, remembering that he had set his old nature aside, and was now living his new nature. And by continually reflecting on the truth that he was now “In Christ” he was able to be the kind of example others needed for what it really looked like to live the Christian life.
READING & PRAYERS:
1 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Philippians 3:17, Philippians 4:9, 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 2 Thessalonians 3:9
What would it look like for you to day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute remember that you are “In Christ” and can abide in Him?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I’m grateful for the reminder that I am “In Christ” and can be in constant union with God each and every moment of each and every day. May Your presence have such a profound impact on my life that one day I can confidently say, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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