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Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery

1 Thessalonians 1:6

You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

RayMcDImitation is the highest form of flattery. I remember one winter – when my dad went outside to split wood for the fireplace – I tried to step in his footprints. I failed – but I tried. I was trying to walk where my father walked.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. I remember mom and dad taking a movie picture of me playing ball against the wall of our chimney – trying to be Brooks Robinson – imitating the best.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. I remember when I was young – we had a small band – and tried to imitate the latest group – the latest craze.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Do we remember trying to dress like someone or fix our hair like someone? Do we remember trying to fit in by looking just like our peers?

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Did anyone go through life without trying to imitate anyone? I think most of us tried to be like someone.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. I urge us to strive to imitate Christ – to be like Jesus. Here is today’s passage in partial context. 1 Thessalonians 1:2–10 – We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Let us model Christ for others to follow. Let us strive to be more like Jesus everyday! Let us seek to walk in Christ’s path – in His way. Let those who follow us – follow Jesus – because we are following Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 8, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. much easier said than done
    which is why there is grace

    Like

    Comment by Richard Reynnells | September 8, 2016 | Reply


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