Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 55)
Imitators & Examples
Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:1 (NASB)
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us...
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NKJV)
Don't lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.

1 Peter 5:3 (NLT)
Within media, imitate no one, in terms of appearance or performance, because originality is key. Among church leaders, imitate no one, unless you see sincere humility, because some pastors are full of themselves.

Here's Who to imitate: Christ, your Lord.

Study His every move in the Bible. Rehearse His every Word as your best Script. Spend time in His glorious creations. Turn off the noise and listen for His Voice. Nurture His Holy Spirit within you. Spend time in the presence of small children.

When thinking of God becomes your habit, you'll become a reflection of His Son.* In the process of these contemplations emerge incredible transformations. Your behaviors will gradually change. Therein, you become examples worth following.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Showing the Face and Heart of Jesus is surely the role God assigned you. Because some stars show the opposite: stars who lead fans to harmful places; stars who aren't yet headed to the Light.

As His models, you can change all that.

To Be Continued...

* 'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit' (2 Corinthians 3:18).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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