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:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmF1E21dM1s
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…