Imitators of Christ

Pattern yourselves after me [follow my example], as I imitate and follow Christ (the Messiah).
— 1 Corinthians 11:1

By Nina Roach

People everywhere are looking for others to follow, especially when they see others succeed and have joy and peace. I was reminded of the passage above as Paul encouraged his students to follow his examples of living out their faith in Jesus Christ as he did everywhere he went.

It pleased him to know that the Corinthian church continued to remember and honor him by keeping up the traditions of the faith that he taught them. And like Paul, we as well have been called to pattern our lives after the Word of God in the midst of this ungodly culture.

The Word of God is the best template that we could have to follow. The Holy Spirit has instructed us not to look back, but to Move On.. And in order to move on we must know that Jesus is our Forerunner and has preceded us in every area of our lives.

So what does it look like for us to be imitators of Christ?

Ephesians 5:1-2 spells it out clearly, "Follow God’s example in everything you do just as a much loved child imitates his father. Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to him."

Be full of love! Love covers a multitude of sins, forgives and helps others recover their lives as we give our lives away to God as a sacrifice. This is pleasing to God like a sweet smelling aroma when we give ourselves away for others. So what scent are you giving off to those around you? Is it a sweet smelling aroma or is it a stench that needs to be released?

Today let's be reminded and remind others of God's goodness, and be thankful. It's never too late to begin again or for the first time to follow Christ Jesus who is the Word of God.  

Decree It: I pattern myself after the Word of God. I am happy and blessed in those things in which I do. I am an imitator of Christ Jesus.