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Billboard For Life
Having Others Being Able To Look To Us as an Example

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV)

What a powerful statement made by the Apostle Paul - Imitate me.  But it wasn't just, "Imitate me," he also added, "Just as I imitate Christ."  Paul had a great passion to imitate Jesus so he could therefore say with confidence to others who were in his life and who witnessed his actions, "Imitate me."  I guess this all leads up to the question we must ask ourselves each day, which is:

Q:    Could I say to others around me - those who witness my actions and countenance - Imitate me?

The word imitate used in this verse comes from the Greek word, mimetes, mim-ay-tace´ and it implies both imitation, and to be a "follower." 

So in essence, we would be asking others to follow our example.  This is a great mirror of accountability for us as Christian men and women as we must examine our own actions and attitudes before we can say, "Follow me" to others.  

  •    We must look at how we are talking to others - is it edifying?
  •    We must look at how we are acting around others  - is it beneficial to them and honoring to God?
  •    We must look at our countenance - is it honestly reflecting joy, peace, love, and happiness, or do we have a scowl, anger, worry, or    doom and gloom written upon our face?

We must always be willing to examine ourselves if we are to see the areas where we need to submit to God and allow Him to transform us.  The Apostle Paul knew this and often encouraged those he met with.  

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? -unless indeed you are disqualified. 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV)

Jesus was also speaking of "self-examination" when he spoke about casting judgment upon others -  He wasn't forbidding us to hold others accountable in love, but exhorting us to first look at our own lives and to be willing to examine and remove all those areas of sin.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Luke 6:41 (NKJV)

Ultimately, we must examine ourselves with the hope of becoming more like Jesus as this is God's plan for every believer.  

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

John the Baptist knew this truth very well.  He was the forerunner proclaiming the coming of the Messiah.  Many people flocked to him to repent and be baptized, but John would tell them, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matt. 3:11)  John knew Jesus was the image he was to be transformed into, that's why he could say in true humility, "He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30 (NKJV)

So as we examine ourselves this day can we say this is our desire as well to have Jesus increase in our life, and for the sinful human way within us to decrease?  Are we willing to allow God to change us, and to make us more like His Son?  Do we truly want to be more loving, caring, compassionate, kind, humble and gentle?  Are we willing to become a billboard for life?

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to be willing to examine your life be willing to look at it through the glasses of God's Word.  If we do this we will be able to see things much more clearly.  God has promised to complete this transformation in our lives (Phil. 1:6), but we must be willing to get out of His way and allow Him to do this work.  If we fail to move over willingly, we can be sure of rough roads ahead, because God is faithful to fulfill His promises.

STUDY QUESTION: What is the secret to being transformed into the image of Jesus according to John 3:30?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to transform you to be more like Christ?  Can you see areas within your life where He must increase and you must decrease?

APPLICATION: Ask God to increase in those areas of your life where you may be struggling.  It may be fear, worry, anxiety, or anger -  it doesn't matter -  just be willing to ask Him to increase in those areas.  Keep reading your Bible daily.

Father, thank You for being faithful to transform me to be more like Jesus.  Jesus, Thank You for coming into my life.  Father, I want to decrease in those areas where I am struggling and I want for Jesus to increase in these areas.  Help me to see things like You do.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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