Imitate by Pastor Chris

IMITATE

Luke 6:40– Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

Fully Trained

That is something we will be striving for all our lives.  I think to become fully trained we must continue to abide in Him, as we have talked about the last few devotionals this week.

Become like the teacher

When Christian was about 4 or 5 he would watch me mow the lawn and he wanted to do the same.  So he would drag out his little plastic lawnmower and follow me around the lawn.  He would wear shorts and cowboy boots.(Don’t worry; that is not what I wore.)

He would even occasionally stop and mess with the mower, as I often did.  He would pretend he had to pull start it like I did.

I also would listen to an iPod as I mowed.  He would find an old pair of earbuds, put them in, and wear them–plugged into absolutely nothing.

He did it because he saw me doing that.  He wanted to imitate me.  He wanted to become like me.

Now, Christian is old enough to actually mow the lawn–with a real mower.  But that didn’t stop him from doing what he could when he could.

And guess what?  When he was mowing with his fake mower, I wasn’t upset.  I thought it was neat that he would imitate me.  He was trying and doing his best with what he knew at the time.

Now, he is fully trained and can actually mow the lawn.  He is accomplishing something.  That training where he was doing his best helped him learn.

As followers of Jesus, let us not wait to do something for Jesus. Do what you can, but never ever stop growing.

Students

As I read this verse earlier this week , I was struck that we are students, students of Jesus. He is our Master, the one we as His disciples are to truly aim to be like.

Jesus gives us a wonderful promise.  The more we are taught in Him, grow with Jesus, and abide with Him, the more we will become like Jesus, and become “conformed to the image of His Son.”  Romans 8:29

And just like Christian imitated me, we are to imitate Jesus.  Paul tells the church of Corinth to “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”

Are we imitating Christ?  Is He our first and foremost teacher?

The problem with Christians is not that they don’t love Jesus, it is that they don’t only love Jesus.  A.W. Tozer

We allow too many distractions to enter our life, too many “loves”, and these keep us from learning and becoming like our teacher, Jesus.

My son wanted to do what I did because He loved me.

As disciples of Jesus, we love Jesus.  We tend to grow up into the likeness of what or who we admire and as disciples, or followers of Christ, we should imitate Him.

Let’s keep walking and abiding with Christ.  Fruit will be produced, and we will grow more and more like Jesus!

 

 

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