21-The Disciple Must Imitate

Day 21: The Disciple Must Imitate Spiritual Examples!

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: 1 Corinthians 4:14-17

Assignment: Make a list of five people that you are imitating and give reasons why you are imitating them.

Lesson to Learn: Imitation is a spiritual principle that can be used to make quick and permanent changes in your life.

In every Christian’s life there comes a time when you are faced with the challenge of trying to change some deep-rooted sin or to correct some character weakness. Initially, young Christians will find it easy to change the surface sins that they were involved with when they were in the world. After those first few layers of change are made, there comes the greater challenge of changing the core sins. The secret to making these changes is found in the spiritual principle of imitation. When we imitate someone more mature than us, it allows us to make changes quickly and permanently. The greatest hindrance to imitation is found in our pride, which will hold us back from accepting someone as more mature than us. In this lesson we will examine how we all need to imitate others in order to grow.

1. I Corinthians 11:1 – Paul commands Christians to follow his example. He was not afraid to have people imitate his life. Some might think that he was being arrogant and prideful. Paul gave this command through the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This is God’s plan for disciples, not Paul’s. See Philippians 3:17 and 1 Thessalonians 1:6.

2. Hebrews 13:7 – The Hebrew writer instructs the Christians to obey those who lead them in the way of the Lord. He tells them to consider the outcome of their way of life and to imitate their faith. Do you imitate the faith of those who mentor you?

3. Acts 4:13 – The extraordinary changes the enemies of Jesus saw in the apostles could only be attributed to the fact that the apostles had been with Jesus. They saw Jesus’ character in the apostles. The apostles changed from fearful, faithless men through the power of the Holy Spirit, and because of this they began to imitate Jesus. Imitation was the key for them to make quick and permanent changes in their life. Have you ever made such radical changes in your character that people understood it was a result of your imitating Jesus?

4. Acts 7:54-60 – Stephen imitates Jesus perfectly as he is dying. The words he uses and the prayer he prays reminds us of what Jesus said when He was dying. The disciples of the first century focused on this spiritual principle of imitation. As a result, they were able to make quick and permanent changes in their lives.

Every disciple of Jesus should want to grow to be more like Jesus. How can they accomplish this goal? Do what the Hebrew writer said: imitate the faith of those who spiritually lead you (Hebrews 13:7). Paul told the Corinthian Church to follow his example as he follows the example of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). This is the spiritual principle God has laid out which will allow us to make quick and permanent changes in our lives.

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