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

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to imitate someone.  This video of Jen Hatmaker from a Verge conference started my thinking about the subject:

Miriam-Webster defines imitate this way

: to make or do something the same way as (something else)

: to do the same thing as (someone)

: to copy (someone’s or something’s behavior, sound, appearance, etc.)

How I see it, in order for someone to imitate you, you actually have to be doing something worth imitating.  Going back to the 1 Corinthians passage, Paul is saying “Watch me.  Do what I’m doing, as I watch and do what Christ did first.”

I want my life in Christ to be worth imitating.  Not just the leadership skills I possess, but the actual getting stuff done part of my life.

When people watch me, what am I modeling?  Am I modeling the ability to lead meetings, administrate a team and cast vision?  Or am I modeling the pushing up of my sleeves, engaging people and the gritty discipleship of the Kingdom?

I’m making changes.  It feels like a learning curve, though…



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