A reflection on Pastor Jess Lantin’s Message on intimacy with God through example
Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 11:1
As a child, who did you idolize? Athletes, actors and superheroes are just some of the idols we would have loved to become. People idolize and imitate people who they can identify with, and in a sense, are authentic. In reality however, our supposed idols are human, flawed, and make mistakes. Though flawed, it’s that part of their ‘humanity’ that leaves someone with so much potential to be good. But why idolize worldly things, when you already have a perfect hero who died for you on the cross?
As God’s children, we are called to imitate him (1 Corinthians 11:1). Being Christ like is a challenge in itself since it is impossible to do. Be holy as He is holy. Perfection may seem impossible but the ideal is achieved through its pursuit alone.
How does one become like Christ? Through prayer and scripture. Since we are flawed as human beings, the word of God is constant and consistent. Hence, the person is called to rid himself of his old self and be new again. When it came to imitating Christ, Paul reminded young Timothy, “When you talk about Jesus, people should see so much of Him in your life that they desire to know Him. When you talk about faith, the evidence of it should be so compelling that they want to live by it.” Such are the responsibilities, power and influence a hero holds, and in this case, our only hero — Jesus Christ.
On a personal note, we help Christ be known by setting a good example to family, friends and everyone we know. Hence, the three points to consider when living the Christian life should answer the questions: Who is copying you (your audience could be your kids, spouse, co-workers, etc.), what are they copying (your life and character is unfolding right before their eyes) and, most importantly, who are you copying (Is Christ glorified in your thoughts, words and actions?) When people see you and your life, what message are you showing them?
Paul leaves his young steward Timothy with words to live by:
“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” (1 Tim 4:12)
Our superhero, Jesus Christ, maybe perfect but we are likewise called to be perfect as well. Such are the standards set for those who are genuinely called His children.