Imitating Your Father

From 1 Cornithians Chapter 4:blog fathers-day-822550_960_720

“I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

I exhort you therefore,

be imitators of me.

For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord,

and he will remind you of my ways

which are in Christ,

just as I teach everywhere in every church.”

1 Corinthians 4:14-17

“Follow the Leader” is a fun children’s game played all over the world. Varying rules and actions keep the game challenging as the children follow exact movements, sounds, and facial expressions. But the aggravating imitating game – not a real game but a real tool of pestering, produces a rise to tempers and impatience. The more the one being mimicked is mocked, the more irritating it becomes. Anyone with a brother or sister knows this game. No matter how many time the imitated yells, “Stop it!”, the imitator responds with the same. It’s the game that never ends.

Yet, we are told the greatest flattery is that of imitation. Paul wasn’t looking for flattery when he told the Corinthian believers to be imitators of him. As a child follows the footsteps of the parents, Paul encouraged the Corinthians to follow him as a father, the one who introduced them to the gospel. He taught them truth then, and they had no reason to believe he would teach them anything different now. He even sent them Timothy as a reminder of his ways, not because Paul thought that highly of himself, but because his ways were established in Christ.

Earlier in the chapter Paul told the believers, he considered it a small thing that they examined him. Paul stood or fell in the Lord’s examination/knowledge of his heart. Small or no, others, especially those who do not follow Jesus, do examine our lives. We do not stand or fall in their judgment. We are the Lord’s and we live to receive his praise not another’s. If indeed, we do as Paul told the Ephesian church,

“Therefore be imitators of God,

as beloved children;

and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you,

and gave Himself up for us,

an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma …

be careful how you walk,

not as unwise men, but as wise,”

(5:1,2,15)


For Thought: There is one Father and another father. One is holy. The other is a liar. One gives life. The other brings death. Which are you following?

Today’s Reading: Ephesians 4:25-42; What example are you leaving others to follow?

Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, you alone are worthy to be followed. As you are holy you have called us to be holy. In Christ Jesus you have made us holy. May we learn to walk in Christ day by day leaving an example of life for other to find and follow. Teach us to be careful how we walk. That we may bring you glory.

“Follow Me”

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“The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.” John 1:43

When txjessy sent the 3 Day Quote Challenge to me, my first inclination was to dismiss it. I appreciated being thought of but I don’t do challenges or the different awards simply because I feel they distract me and distract from the purpose of my blog. But since I am breaking from my daily schedule and series, Through the Bible With Jesus, for the months of summer ministry, it seemed an opportune time to share a little of the Lord’s working in me through the years. So, here I am with my first quote and how it has impacted my walk with Christ.

“Follow me.”

As a young adult, my heart cried to choose both paths before me, knowing only one could be had. I spent tearful nights in prayer, seeking which choice to take. Emotionally exhausted, I fell asleep with the prayer still on my lips. “Show me the way, Jesus.”blogprophet-312156__340

That night Jesus began answering my prayer. In a dream, He appeared above the earth with a beautiful blue sky encircling Him. His arms invited me as He spoke, “Follow me.”  Then He was lifted away, but not before giving me His peace.

You see both choices were good. Jesus reminded me in whatever choice I made to follow Him.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Col. 3:17.

Through the years, Jesus has shown me what it means to follow Him , and it happens from the heart.

To follow Jesus is to be united with Him in death to the flesh,

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Rom. 6:6.

And it is to be united with Him in life,

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord…being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Rom. 6:11,22.

What does it mean to you to follow Christ? How has He led you in your walk with Him?

I plan to post my second quote Wednesday to continue the story.


FYI: During May, June and July I will be posting 1 to 3 times a week as summer ministry fills most of my days. Please keep us in prayer as we serve on a mission trip and in two camps. I hope in some of the down time to spend more time reading your posts. And thank you all for stopping by. My plan is to post prayers for you through the summer months.