1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
The apostle Paul has been writing on a number of specific situations confronting the believers in Corinth: what to eat, what to drink, and more. This verse seems to me to be something of a short-cut as Paul effectively says, “Want to know what to do in a given situation? Keep it simple. Just do what you’ve seen me do.”
When I read Paul making this kind of blanket invitation it makes sense. I mean, this is the apostle Paul – one of the most important leaders in the history of Christianity. But the challenge I’m experiencing this morning is the knowledge that I am called to make the same kind of invitation to others. Imitate me as I imitate Christ.
I’m pretty sure most days my life looks very little like Jesus.
I get lazy. I’m impatient. I look out for myself instead of others. I can be judgmental sometimes, putting people in convenient boxes rather than actually getting to know them. I struggle to even write these reflections on scripture, or spend meaningful time in prayer because I think of myself as too busy. I could go on. And on.
Yet here’s the incredible thing. Despite my many faults, when I invite others to imitate me as I imitate Christ – good things tend to happen anyway. People grow in faith. They draw closer to God. They impact others around them.
God takes my meager offering, adds loads of grace, and yields a harvest despite me. And I’m reminded this is not about me.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)