Thought for the Day – 8.1.19 – Imitation as Plan A

Paul encourages the people of Corinth to “be imitators of me as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11.1). That is a bold statement by a man, who in many ways, was full of faults and with a past he could not have been proud of. And yet, he still asks the people to imitate him.

I subscribe to the belief that people belong before they believe. Look at statistics of Christian conversions and you will find most people “grow up” in church and then continue to persists in their faith. They are raised in the environment and then one day take up for themselves what they have been taught and seen lived out around them.

It seems to me that God’s plan A for bringing people to faith is through the people of faith. We may not like it, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

“Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” The last part of the sentence is the most important. I, for one, am not much to imitate. But, if Christ can shine through me, then there very well may be something to see and even maybe something to imitate.

This sets the priorities for me and for you as a follower of Christ.

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Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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