Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. Ephesians 5:1
Who do you imitate? The latest trends, the most popular bloggers, people on your favorite TV shows?
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1
The Bible tells who to imitate, who to strive to walk like. It also tells us we will fail this side of heaven. We won’t obtain Christ-like holiness and uprightness until our glorification. Over and over we are admonished to try, to push onward to the goal at hand. Not only are we encouraged but we have a plethora of examples to which we can look.
Of course, we have the life of Christ. What better way to imitate someone than to study his life? We have Christ’s teachings. The apostles continuously give the saints instruction and encouragement in this regard.
13Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16
We are to look to Christ first and foremost for our “role-model.” After that we can look to Godly men and women — as long as we do so with a discerning heart and mind. There’s much to be learned from saints in the church, past and present, but we must be careful not to fall into idolatry or covetousness. We can never elevate humans to the level of Christ. They should never take the place of Christ in our lives. We also should never jealously pine after what other believers have -their gifts, blessings, etc. Both of these sins will cause our focus to blur and Jesus, God, the Cross -it all becomes blurry. As believers we need to strive keep our focus on the things of God.
Pray God will make us quickly aware when our vision blurs. The chorus of a favorite hymn of mine is a wonderful admonition to keep our eyes upon Jesus.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace