Who Do We Imitate?

During a re-enactment of Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico, I couldn’t help but notice a small boy and his grandfather. Precious is the word that comes to mind. It seemed to me this little boy desired to imitate his grandfather. This in turn caused me to wonder who I desire to imitate.

This grandfather and grandson clothed themselves alike and appeared inseparable throughout the entire weekend. It appeared the little boy dearly loved and trusted his grandfather, and desired to be wherever the grandfather went. Even as the re-enactment wound down, the little boy looked to his grandfather and imitated him.

Come to find out, the boy’s grandfather, mother, and aunt were re-enactors with the Mexican cavalry. His father was part of the Texian cavalry. I wonder which side the little boy will represent in re-enactments when he grows older. I’m guessing he’ll stick with Grandpa.

The Bible tells us those who are baptized into Christ are clothed with Christ. We are children of God through our faith in Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-27)

Since we are clothed with Christ, our desire should be to follow wherever he leads. Those of us who call ourselves Christ followers are to be imitators of Christ. We are to follow his example. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

In life we might have people who imitate us. When they do, I wonder if imitating us leads them to imitate Christ? Does Jesus shine through our robes of righteousness? Is there proof in our words and actions which show we follow in Christ’s footsteps? Are we pointing others to Jesus?

As I prepared this blog post, I received an email from a dear friend. She mentioned posts she recently read on a social media site. After I reigned in my anger over the posts, my heart grieved.

You see, the hateful social media posts were not written by someone you’d expect would write such things. They were written by those we both know who wear the name Christian.

Being a Christ follower means being an imitator of Christ in EVERY area of our lives. Not just in our Go-to-Church-on-Sunday, or Go-to-Bible-Study-on-Wednesday lives.

So I ask each of us to take a look at our lives. Is there evidence to show who we imitate, which side we fight on? Could those who look at us tell whether we fight on the Lord’s side, or the world’s?

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Follow God’s example in everything you do just as a much loved child imitates his father. Ephesians  5:1 (TLB)

You can find my August Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.


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