What Kind of Person Do we Imitate?
Are we inhaled in holy mimicry?
Who are we hanging out with?
Who are we allowing to have an influence on us?
So what qualities should we look for in people to mimic?
Imitate those who do good works
Imitate those who teach with integrity,
Imitate those love with dignity
Imitate those who communicate in sound speech
Imitate those who lead pure lives
1 Tim. 4:12
Imitate & follow what we are taught in Scripture
1 Cor. 4:16–17
Imitate those who receive the gospel with joy,
Imitate those who live for Jesus
even in the face of suffering
1 Thess. 1:6
Imitate those who work hard
2 Thess. 3:6–9
Imitate those who suffer for the sake of Jesus
1 Thess. 2:14
Imitate those who advance God’s Word
Imitate those who care for the needs of others
Those we imitate are not perfect;
Those we imitate are still being transformed.
Not that we have already obtained this
or are we already perfect,
but we press on to make it our own,
because Christ Jesus has made us his own
People worthy of imitation are humble.
They acknowledge they have more to learn.
Imitate Jesus through Them
In truth, we should imitate others
only insofar as they imitate Christ.
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ
1 Cor. 11:1
The people we look up to are sinners, just as we are.
Ultimately, then, we must look up to Christ through them.
Paul exhorted the Philippians
to have the same humility as Christ
We want to know Christ & be like Him
everything else pales in comparison to gaining Jesus
So mimic those who mimic Jesus.
Adapted from Christina Fox