Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Do as I say … and do

In 1 Corinthians 4, Paul says to imitate him – how bold. He also sends Timothy, who is “faithful in the Lord”, to remind the Corinthian church of his way of life in Christ. So, Paul is also saying to imitate Timothy who is walking the walk according to Paul’s teachings. These passages have really challenged me and also built-up my faith that God can do a rather thorough job of transforming our lives as he did in the lives of Paul and Timothy.

Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church. - 1 Corinthians 4:16-17

Paul continued by stating that the way he lives agrees with all of his teachings. He is not afraid to say “do as I say and as I do” because Paul does what he teaches. He is not a hypocrite. Do we hear this from many pulpits these days? Better yet, do we see it backed up if it is said? We need more teachers who, like Paul, can say “imitate me” rather than “hey, I still struggle with committing this sin too”.

We should ask ourselves if we are at a place where we could tell someone to imitate us.

1 comment:

Gord said...

I have thought about this very scripture during the many times that I have reevaluated my own walk with Christ. I use it constantly as a standard by which I measure myself, but by no means have I attained it.

I would like to be able to get to the place where I can say "imitate me" but I am not there yet. God ain't done improving me yet.

So, I say with Paul in Philippians, "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:12-14 (NKJV)

Great post and timely thoughts Eric, I enjoyed this post as a timely refresher in my walk with Jesus. God Bless.