But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
First, imitation serves as an example of God’s design in how he made the world. He is the master craftsman, and his world is built to run on a certain mix of fuel. Inputs drive outputs, and imitation links these together. In this sense, imitation is inescapable. It’s not if, but who? Second, the principle of imitation is intricately linked to how we live our lives and how we raise our kids. Finally, Scripture show us to how we can take this principle of God’s design and push it into the corners of our daily lives. The fact that we are starting a new year, adds the spice of considering how we can work our understanding of imitation into real change in our lives versus vain resolutions.
GOD’S DESIGN – IMITATION
Proverbs 22:24-25, “Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, Lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.”
IMITATION COMMANDS: DO’S AND DON’TS
3 John 1:11, “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God.”
IMITATION – PUTTING THIS INTO PRACTICE
Hebrews 13:7, Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Test for what you are reading or watching (social media)
Philippians 4:8, Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
PRAYER IN LIGHT OF IMITATING CHRIST
With Christ — Mark 3:14
Like Christ — 2 Corinthian 3:18
For Christ — 2 Corinthians 5:14-15