Example

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 250 - 1 Corinthians 11:1 - Example - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 250 – 1 Corinthians 11:1 – Example – Growing As Disciples

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

Example

That is quite a thought. That is difficult for me to wrap my mind around. What is quite a thought? What is difficult for you to wrap your mind around? Thinking of myself as an example for others to follow is not something that I have considered. It would have never occurred to me. It would have never entered my mind. Oh sure, I have thought about being a good example or not setting a bad example. This thought is way beyond that thought. How so? Being an example for others to follow is quite a responsibility. I’m not sure that I am up to the assignment. That’s good. That’s good? Yes, that is good. Why is that good? You will never in and of yourself be an example worthy of following. On your own, your life will never be worthy of imitating. That’s what I thought. It is good that you are ready, willing and able to admit that in and of yourself and on your own, your life is not worth following.  I couldn’t agree more completely. But you are not on your own. You are not setting yourself up as an example to follow. You are loving, following and serving me. You are seeking to live the life I lived. You want to imitate me in all that you think and say and do. Yes, I do. With all my heart and mind and soul and strength I want to love and follow and serve you. Isn’t that worth imitating. Isn’t that goal and aren’t those desires in you worth following? Without a doubt, that goal and those desires are worth imitating and following. That is a great start.

There is more. What more is there? I am doing a work in you. I am molding and shaping you. You are the work of my hands. I am making you into my masterpiece. I am changing your heart and transforming your mind. My spirit lives and dwells inside of you. My life is living in and through you. You are a light for me in the darkness of this world. You are not just a little light either. No, it is my intent that you will shine like a star in the universe for me. Will not the work I do in you be something worthy of following? Can I not make you an example worth imitating? Can I not use your life to point others to me? Lord, you can do all things. Nothing is impossible with you. Then your life, as you follow me, will be a shining example for others to follow. I welcome all that you want to do in and through me. Make me an example for others to follow. Yes, I will. 

Lord, I will follow your example. I will think like you thought. I will speak like you spoke. I will live like you lived. Help me to follow your example. Help me to imitate you. Help me to set an example for others to imitate because I am loving and following you. Amen

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Be Imitators Of Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Discipleship- 1 Corinthians 11:1 - Be Imitators Of Me- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Discipleship- 1 Corinthians 11:1 – Be Imitators Of Me- Growing As Disciples

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV)

An Example

Do you want to be an example that others can follow? That is an unusual question. Why is that? How could my life ever be a worthy example for others to follow? Why do you ask that? I am a sinner. I haven’t just sinned in the past. I am a sinner in the present. I will be a sinner in the future. I haven’t partially sinned against you. I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words and deeds. I have sinned by what I have done. I have sinned by what I have left undone. So, you are telling me that you are a sinner? So, you are telling me that you need my forgiveness? So, you are telling me that you need my cleansing of all your unrighteousness? Yes, I am. Is that not a worthy example for others to follow? Yes, it is.

Let’s explore this topic further. I’m game. You have turned away from your old life of sin. You have asked me to be the Savior and Lord of your life. You are no longer allowing your life to be conformed to the values, patterns and practices of the world. You have stopped relying on your own understanding. You are no longer relying on your own strength. You want to accomplish my purposes. You want to fulfill my plans. You want to live a life that is pleasing to me. You want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. You are no longer chasing after all that the world offers. You want to store on treasure in heaven with me. You are going where I guide you. You are doing what I ask of you. One day you want to hear me say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Is everything that I have said true? Do you desire to live the life that I have described? Yes, I want to life my life in all the ways that you have described. Are these desires not worthy of imitating? Yes, these desires are worth imitating. I suppose that you want to point out that you are doing none of these things perfectly. Well, that’s the truth. Your admission is also worth imitating. 

Let’s take this one step further. Alright. You have set apart a special time and place to meet daily with me in my word. You are drawing near to me, as I draw near to you. You are allowing my word to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. You are meeting with me in prayer and worship. You have allowed yourself to be rooted in a body of believers. You are allowing yourself to be spurred on in your faith as you spur others on in their faith. You are allowing me to work in and through your life. You are engaged in doing the ministry that I have given you to do. Is there anything here that is not worthy of imitating? No, everything you have said is worthy of imitating. 

Let’s talk about a few more things. OK. The desire of your heart is to know me. You want to know my thoughts and do my will. You want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with me. You want to have a constant and ongoing dialogue of prayer with me, just as I had with my Father.  Are any desires worthier of imitating than these? No, I’m sure there are no desires worthier of imitating than these. You are right. Thank you for giving and granting me all these desires of my heart. Your life is an example worthy of following as you keep on imitating me. That is what I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, you have set before me an example to follow. I want to think what you thought. I want to say what you said. I want to do what you did. In every way, I want to imitate you. Not only that, I want to be a worthy example others can follow as I imitate you. Amen

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Imitators

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - 1 Corinthians 11:1 - Imitators - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – 1 Corinthians 11:1 – Imitators – Growing As Disciples

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV)

Imitation

I have never thought of imitation as being a positive word. There are very few people that I thought were worthy of imitation. I certainly have never been worthy of imitation. I wouldn’t even want someone to imitate me. Why is that? I know that I am a flawed individual. I am a sinner. I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. Examples of my sins are not long ago, from some distant past. I am currently a sinner. Isn’t your attitude and confession of your sins worthy of imitating? You are not trying to hide your sin. You are not falsely claiming that you are not a sinner. You are not proudly pretending to be something you are not. No, I am not doing that. Yes, being willing to admit and confess my sins to you is a worthy example to follow. Yes, it is.

You can probably guess where we are going to go with this conversation. Yes, I think I know where we are headed. Where is that? You are going to point out other behaviors and attitudes within me that are worthy of imitation. Yes, I am. You have turned away from your old life. You are allowing me to use my word to change your heart and transform your mind. You are putting on the new life that I have given you to live. Is this something others can imitate? Yes, it is. Let’s keep going. You have set apart a time and a place to meet with me in my word. You are allowing my word to dwell in you richly. You are meditating on my word day and night. You are hiding my word deeply in your heart and mind and life. Is this something others can imitate? Yes, it is. You are drawing near to me as I draw near to you. You are resisting the devil and he is fleeing from you. You are allowing my Holy Spirit to take my word and use it to fight in you, with you and for you. Are these things that are worthy of imitation? Yes, they are. It is your passionate desire to know me. You want to walk in my ways. You want to go wherever I guide you. You want to do whatever I ask of you. Are these desires worthy of imitation? Yes, they are. You want to become like me. You want to serve like I served. You want to give like I gave. You want to love like I loved. What do you have to say about this goal? It is worthy of imitation. Yes, it is. Finally, the most important thing you want to accomplish with your life is to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Are any life goals worthier of imitation than these? No, there are no life goals worthier of imitation than these. That’s right. Keep on living the life that I have given you to live and you will give others plenty to imitate. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I know that my life, on my own, is not worthy of imitation. Only as I draw near to you and imitate your life can I offer any kind of example that is worthy for others to follow. Use my life, help me to imitate you and be a worthy example others can follow. Amen

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