Whit’s End: Imitators

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Our Men’s Group meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month.  We meet up at a different local restaurant and discuss Christian perspectives and reactions to local and international news (join us sometime, we’d love to have you).  Last night we met up and had an unexpected visitor: Joe Biden.  Now, I know, it’s not REALLY Joe Biden, but the resemblance was uncanny.  We had a good laugh about it.

Being made in the image of God means that we are to be a reflection of the presence and character of God in the world.  Our words and actions, thoughts and prayers are meant to be godly.  It is why we were created.  I love how Paul put it to the Corinthians,

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. ???1Corinthians 11.1

I admire Paul’s confidence in his own living???out of the Christian faith.  Because he was such a great witness, he was a great person to imitate.  We need more Christian leaders with such an exemplary record and a willingness be truly ‘holy’, this way it won’t be so confusing as to who to follow these days.  I encourage you to find role models, examples, guides, spiritual directors, pastors, SAINTS! to imitate as they imitate Christ.  Let them lead you on a path that leads to growth, to maturity, to a deeper understanding of what it means to reflect the image of God as Christ did.  Jesus is our best and greatest example, but he is alive in those who have fully committed themselves to a Christ-like life.  Pay attention, look closely, and learn to imitate Christ through his ministry and his saints.  Bless you this week.

Rev. Whit R. Martin
Pastor, New Liberty United Methodist Church

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