I am confronted by Paul’s upward challenge in 1 Corinthians 11:1.
It occurs to me that I don’t say the words, “watch me” very often. Though I am a leader and therefore should have those words in my resume. These words should end up on my tombstone, “He said, ‘Watch me.'”
I like those words when Jesus says them.
I like them when Paul says them.
But when I say them, I think they come across conceited or judgmental.
“Watch me. Do what I do. Follow me because I am following Messiah.” Am I big boy enough to say that?
Today I will be bold,
Imitate me because I am imitating Christ. (words that cause me to contemplate, then shudder.)
I do not have all of the answers. (truth is: I am quite an idiot! I am sure. And that’s being nice.)
What I do have is confidence. Confidence that the Lord Jesus is changing me to look like Him. I want people to see that. I want you to see that.
I would rather you look somewhere else, if I am thinking about my pride, but I am not. I am thinking about my Savior. How He works. He is working.
Lord, let me be utterly ashamed of my sin – and completely aware of Your war-like massacre of my old self. Truly You have begun a good work – and I believe Philippians 1:6.