This week at the National Youth Workers Convention in San Diego, CA a pastor referenced a passage of scripture that seemed to strike me. Not sure why, I prepared to meditate on this passage for the rest of the weekend and beyond.
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Such a simple passage with a radical message. I must be the imitator of Christ that would warrant people to imitate me. There is a great authority with which Paul is able to make such a weighty proposition, and it had nothing to do with his actions. the previous few verses indicate that, in my interpretation, it is irrelevant what you do, only that you would do it to glorify our King and to bring the gospel to the lost. So what then, if not my actions, should people be following? What, if not his actions, should I follow in the example of Jesus. How must I imitate the father for the sake of those imitating me?