Call Others to Imitate You

I just read a stirring post on Justin Taylor’s blog and had to post it here. Taylor writes, “Gospel-centered discipleship employs both show and tell. In his little book From the Resurrection to His Return: Living Faithfully in the Last Days (Christian Focus), D. A. Carson asks: “Do you ever say to a young Christian, ‘Do you want to know what Christianity is like? Watch me!’ If you never do, you are unbiblical.”

Paul tells his readers numerous times in Scripture “Imitate me and my Christian faith” (1 Cor 4:15-17; 1 Cor 11:1; Phil 3:17; Phil 4:9; 2 Thess 3:7-9; 2 Tim 3:10-11). This is a command we often ignore, and many times out of a good heart as it seems arrogant to say such a thing. However, it may be that we simply do not feel worthy to make such an exhortation to other people due to the lack we see in our own Christian walk. We are not perfect, and neither was Paul, but God is looking for seasoned disciples to lead others not just by word but also by deed. Exhortation and example.

Read the rest here, and be challenged to live a God-centered, grace-driven, Spirit-filled life that, though imperfect, by God’s grace is worthy of imitation.

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About jeremykimble

Currently I am husband to a wonderful, godly wife, father of two beautiful children, associate director of the Youth Ministry Institute, PhD student in theology, and online instructor at Liberty University and Taylor University. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ who earnestly desires to glorify God, engage in a lifestyle of worship, ruthlessly kill sin, and participate in God's mission to all peoples.
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