“…in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me.”
1 Corinthians 4 offers a convicting insight into our role as Christ’s followers. What is it? That we are to live lives worth imitating.
The apostle Paul did not only mention Jesus as the one to follow, but challenged believers to copy his own life. Further, he mentions in this chapter Timothy, a next-generation leader he had mentored, as coming soon to remind them of Paul’s way of life. In other words, Paul copied Jesus’ way of life, taught it to Timothy, who would replicate his life in the lives of others (mentioned again by Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2).
This is what discipleship is. When we follow Christ intimately, we attract others who seek to follow the Master. Through us, others draw closer to the Light. When they have sensed his warmth, they too can influence others with the love we experience in our walk with God.
It all begins with following hard after God.
The question, “Is your life worth imitating?” cannot be answered as a once-for-all response. The answer is a moment-by-moment journey, one we must each strive to take as we pursue the life truly worth living.
Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.