Imitation

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 3 John 1:11

We humans are great imitators. Notice the neighborhood kids playing “Follow the Leader.” Notice your preschooler stating with emphasis: “I want to be just like Daddy!” Notice your kindergartner dressing up in Mom’s clothes, shoes and makeup, or your teenager adopting the styles and language of a sports hero or rock star.

John wrote clearly: “Do not imitate what is evil but what is good.” Paul made it more specific: “Be imitators of God” (Eph. 5:1). And he stated it even more personally: “Follow my example, as I follow the exam- ple of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). “I want to live in such a way,” said one father, “that when my son thinks of me he will stick out his chest instead of his tongue.”

Someone is watching you. If you name the name of Christ someone is looking to see if you are walking the walk as well as talking the talk. Are you worthy of being imitated?

You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day,

By deeds that you do, by words that you say.

Folks read what you write, whether faithless or true,

Say, what is the gospel according to you?

PRAYER

“Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes Your tone. As you have sought, so let me seek Your wandering children, lost, alone.” (Frances R. Havergal)