Today, I had another glimpse of the ugliness of the body of Christ. Every time I see it, I find myself taken aback, not expecting such hurtful words to come from someone who claims to be a follower of Jesus. I am also reminded why so many don’t like us “Christians”, and how they don’t want to have anything to do with our Christ because they know if we are his followers and act like we do sometimes, He can’t be very nice.
In Corinth, the same ugliness that I experienced today was going on. The Apostle Paul tells believers there to “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).
When I read this, I think back and wonder if I am a good example of Christ to the world who does not know Him.
My Christ is humble.
My Christ is loving.
My Christ is forgiving.
My Christ cares deeply, and wants to have a relationship with his followers.
My Christ sat with the least and the lost.
My Christ served even when he was tired.
Is that what I imitate? That’s what I want to imitate to the world. I want them to see Him in me. I have to remember though that my flesh is ugly, and that if I’m not careful, it will rear its ugly head, just like it does sometimes in others. I need to give grace, and I need to not give up the fight.
Paul continues in his letter to another city struggling, “Whatever you have learned, received, heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”(Phil. 4:9)
It’s all about practice, and keeping our focus on our Christ, who is infinitely more than we can ever imagine.
Questions for Thought:
Who are you imitating?
Which characteristic of Christ do you most struggle to imitate today?
Pray for the Holy Spirit to indwell in you, and show you how you can be a little more like Christ today.