I know. I know. I know.
I’ve been rambling on about imitating Christ for the past few weeks.
But I can’t help it.
It’s where I am.
It’s what God is teaching me.
And I want to share it with you.
I’m still stuck on the apostle Paul.
We already looked at what he said in 1 Corinthians 4:16:
“I urge you to imitate me.”
Let’s also look at what he said in 1 Corinthians 11:1:
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (NIV).
And in Acts 20, Paul encouraged the new believers to
to watch him,
to listen to him,
to be like him.
Could it be that Paul knew something we’ve forgotten?
That we’re not simply called to speak the gospel—
but that we ARE the gospel!
Even though Paul was tortured,
he was living in the kingdom of God.
His eyes weren’t focused on his situation.
He looked past the pain
the hatred . . .
and focused instead on simply being Jesus.
And acting on earth as he would act in heaven.
He was living in the kingdom of God—
while he was on earth.
Father, help me to live in Your kingdom
regardless of what I’m experiencing.
Help me to imitate You.
Help me to live the kingdom life—