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Can an Imitator be True?

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Text:

Ephesians 5:1.

Devotion:
An "imitator" is a copy or counterfeit of the real thing or person.   The world is full of imitations of the real thing and people love to pretend that they are better than they really are.  Imitating a person means to follow the example of that person and copy their speech, mannerisms and actions.  But this can be dangerous.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:1, that Jesus Christ is the only true example that we should copy and follow:

"Be therefore followers (or imitators) of God as dear children."

We need to be like Jesus, not just in the way we act, but also in our innermost values and attitudes toward life.  As we pray and read the Bible, the Holy Spirit will develop in us the same attitudes and values that Jesus has.

Paul tells us in Philippians 2:1-5, what following and imitating Jesus means:

  1.  Having companionship with God in our quiet-times.

  2.  Being interested in others.

  3.  Treating others with kindness and compassion.

  4.  Having the love and the same purposes of Jesus.

  5.  Doing nothing out of selfish ambition.

Thus in all things, our attitude should be the same as that of Jesus.   Although He was equal with God, He made Himself nothing and served others as a servant.

We must be interested in others too, but it's not enough to act unselfishly, we must be free from our inner selfishness.  Just as Christ died on the cross for us, so we must die to ourselves and find a true and better self in Jesus.

Yes, it is possible to be an imitator and be a truthful and upright person.  I want to imitate and follow Jesus Christ my Saviour, and be true to my Father in Heaven.  And I hope you do too.

Imitate and follow Jesus - He's the real deal!

God bless.
 

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