The first call of our Lord Jesus Christ to any disciple is a call to imitate Him; not simply join a Church or accept religion. Matthew 4:19 says, “And He saith unto them, follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” It is in following (imitating) our saviour and Lord Jesus Christ, that we can be made into what He wants us to be. IT IS FOLLOWERS WHO ARE BECOMERS IN THE PLAN OF GOD.
Ephesians 5:1 says, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.” That is as clear as it gets. If you want to be like God, then you have to imitate Him. WE BECOME LIKE THOSE WE IMITATE! How can you imitate God that you cannot see? That is why God set kingdom fathers in the office of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers in the Body of Christ in order to lead His church to be like Him. Apostle Paul exemplified this in great measure.
In 1 Corinthians 11:1, He told the church “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Paul instructs us on the kind of kingdom father to follow and imitate: ONE WHO IS IMITATING CHRIST. It means we are to follow spiritual leaders only to the degree that they are following Christ. At any point where a spiritual leader stops following Christ, you are divinely permitted to stop following him or her. In this verse is the safety valve in imitation. Don’t just follow men blindly. Follow Christ in men.
PRAYER: Lord, I see it now! Thank you for sending Your servant to model Your character and nature for me. I refuse to be misled in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27, Luke 12:8-34, Psalm 78:32-55, Proverbs 12:21-23