Apostle Paul is often quoted to have said many things, some of which are very well known, like “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me:” (Galatians 2:20) and “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21) and more. There is however one saying of Paul that is powerful yet not very common. Packed in a single verse is volumes of how every Christian ought to live. This I believe should be every Christian’s motto as they live in this temporary world. This is recorded in 1 Corinthians 11:1 and reads “Be ye followers (imitators) of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
Now think about the intensity of such a statement. Apostle Paul to the saints in Ephesus and the faithful in Christ Jesus writes that we ought to be imitators of Christ (Ephesians 5:1) but here to the Church of God in Corinth makes a bold statement that they ought to be a follower (imitator) of Paul as he follows (imitates) Christ.
Point(s) to ponder:
- When the world around us witnesses our life, do they recognize who we are following? If this is the case, list out the reasons why and if not, list out the reasons as to why not and pray and act toward conforming into Christ’s image.
- Can you/I make such a claim as Apostle Paul did about being imitators of Christ?
- Is the motto of our life – Follow me as I follow Christ one that we can boldly state?
1 Corinthians 11:1 (KJV)
1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
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