6-Jesus the Perfect Imitator

Day 6: Jesus, the Perfect Imitator

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: John 5:19-21

Assignment: Make a list of areas in your mentor’s life that you are imitating.

Lesson to Learn: Jesus grew rapidly in His faith because He imitated His Father!

Everyone is an imitator. As children, we learned quickly because we imitated the way people talk, walk, eat, sit or play. When we go to school, we learn through a combination of knowledge and repetition, but we learn to use that new knowledge through imitation!

As adults we are always imitating sports figures, clothing styles and of course, Hollywood! Why are people so afraid of this principle in religion? To imitate someone who is more spiritually mature than us goes against the worldly understanding of religion. Many people believe that religion is a private thing, which only involves the person and His God. However, the Scripture shows that man cannot learn of God except that another man shows him (see Romans 10:14-15). Also, no man can grow spiritually unless another man helps him. Imitation is the key to rapid and permanent change. Jesus imitated! He looked to the example of his Father but also to the example of the prophets who went before Him. In this way, He was able to grow strong spiritually. In this lesson we will see what Jesus believed in, and practiced the principle of imitation.

1. John 5:19-21 – Jesus was limited in what He could do. This was not based on His weakness or frailties but on the fact He could only do what He saw God do. If He couldn’t imitate it, He couldn’t do it. He believed in imitation. Everyone saw Jesus as such a radical. They heard His teaching and knew that He was different from their teachers. They saw His works and knew that He had come from God (John 3:1-3). Because He imitated, He was successful and radically different from anyone that they had ever seen before. Imitation works! Are you imitating God? Do you see God’s character and immediately try to incorporate that into your character? Are you imitating Jesus and His commitment to learn by following the example of His Father? We must be, if we are to be the representatives of Jesus on earth in our day and age!

2. John 12:49-50 – Jesus’ words were that which His Father gave Him. His Father had equipped Him to fulfill the task He had sent Him on. But Jesus did not only receive His words from God, but He was even taught how to say them by God. This is the principle of training and imitation, which we must follow if we are to be as successful as Jesus was.

Imitation is the key to rapid and permanent change. The world may not like the principle of imitating godly men as a key to growing spiritually, but it is obvious that Jesus believed and practiced this principle. Paul taught this principle when he told the Corinthian church to imitate him (II Corinthians 4:16). The Hebrew writer exhorts the disciples to imitate the faith of their leaders (Hebrews 13:7). The goal of a disciple is to be like Jesus in every way. Make a list of areas in your life that you want to change. After each area, write the name of the person you are imitating in order to make that change.

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