Thursday, July 13

Imitate Jesus

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

Observation

“Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.” (NIV, NCV, CEB)

The word translated “imitator” or “follow my example” is the Greek word mimetes. It means “to imitate” and we get the English words “mime” and “mimic” from it. Imitate Jesus. Mimic Jesus.

Here is Discipleship 101. We are disciples of Jesus when we listen to Him and do what He says, or watch Him and do what He does. A disciple is one who imitates Jesus—follows His example. And we disciple others when we can say, “Follow me as I follow Christ. Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” Paul says this in several other places (1 Corinthians 4:14-17, Philippians 3:17, 4:9, 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 9). This was how Paul discipled people. “Watch me and do what I do…because I’m watching Jesus and doing what He does.” Discipleship is life to life. 

This also corresponds to my other reading this morning in John 13 (see below). 

John 13:14–15 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example—you should do just as I have done for you.

Not sure where to start on imitating Jesus? Start here. Wash feet. Serve humbly.

Application

Today I want to consciously follow Jesus in every word and deed. Imitate Him. What would Jesus do? Do it. What would Jesus say? Say it. Imitate Jesus. 

And then I want to be able, like Paul, to offer myself to others as an example. Follow me as I follow Christ. That puts the pressure on me to set the example of what it looks like to follow Jesus. 

Is there anything in my life I wouldn’t want others to imitate?

And what in my life is good and Christ-like that I want others to imitate?

Prayer: Lord, I love You. I want to be more like You. Help me to imitate You today in all I do and say. What a great goal! And help me strip away anything that is not like You, so that I can say, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” 

More: 1 Chronicles 28-29, Psalm 81, John 13