Imitators Not Impersonators
by Rev. Brian Mathis
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It was wonderful celebration yesterday as we remembered the coming of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. I pray you were able to enjoy it wherever you were in the world. I heard several lessons over past weekend on how Jesus’ birth in the stable can be used as an illustration of what happens every time Jesus is allowed to come into the heart of a sinner. It was a very wonderful illustration and I pray that it happened for you or someone you have been praying for. But the story does not end there, I am thankful that Christ came and has allowed us the opportunity to grow into a likeness of Him. Jesus did not stay a baby and neither should we. If we seek to be imitators of Christ; we must seek growth and transformation from the sinful creature we were to the redeemed and forgiven one we are called to be. We must desire to experience a new life in Jesus. Let me share this scripture with you from Luke 2:40,
“40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. (ESV)”
If you noticed I used the word imitators and not impersonators when I said we are to become like Christ. To some there might be no difference but in reality an imitator is one who copies the actions, appearance, mannerisms and speech of another or to copy exactly someone or something else; while an impersonator assumes the character or appearance in a fraudulent manner. As believers we are to begin a journey once we have offered our lives up to God and Jesus has forgiven our sins. That journey begins with daily prayer and the reading of God’s Word, church attendance so that you can grow in community with other believers and worshiping both corporately and personally as you partake in more of these areas in your life you will grow to be more and more like Christ. It is not always easy to do but it will have greater returns than anything else you will ever do.
“1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:1-4 (ESV)”
I just want to close with a simple prayer; Lord Help each of us to move forward today along the journey we began when we asked you into our hearts and lives. I pray that every believer takes time to commit themselves back to you and desires to become imitators of you in every area of their lives. Lead them by your Holy Spirit and may each day bring them closer to you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Be blessed today and don’t wait another day to begin the Journey of your new life in Christ.
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