Monday, September 28, 2015

On Being An Example

Gilbert Stewart was one of America’s great artists. He became famous because of the portraits he painted. In fact, he painted the portraits of the first six presidents of the United States. His work was easily recognized because of its beautiful coloring. On one occasion, a group of his competitors stole his colors thinking that they could match his work if they had his paints.
When Benjamin West, another artist, heard of those who stole his paints he went to them and said, "It's no use to steal his colors. If you want to paint as he paints you must steal his eyes."
In Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he challenged them to "follow my example and do as I do." This is a rather bold statement and we may think he is bragging. Not so. Paul encouraged the Corinthian Christians, and now us, to do as he did: imitate Christ. He was able and empowered to imitate Him because he read and meditated on God’s Word, spent time with Him in prayer and worship. And if we, as His disciples want to imitate Christ, we must do as Paul did. Only as we come to know Him will we be able to imitate Him. And we cannot know Him unless we spend time with Him.
Prayer: Lord, may our eyes be open to those around us who are lost and dying, and in need of a Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Corinthians 4:14-16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

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