It is easy to quickly read a bible passage and miss the deeper meaning. The apostle Paul said to the Corinthians, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” But, there is so much more to the story. Paul’s letters urge Christians to be reflective learners, examining themselves. Asking, “Does my life emulate the life of a true disciple.” God judges not only our behaviour – whether we are following Jesus’ pattern of living – but our motivation. This is because God has called his disciples to be faithful stewards. Imitating Christ, they will observe that pattern of right living given by the Father, in both action and thought.
The Gift Disciples are Given
Paul refers to the popular first century Jewish maxim, “Don’t go beyond what is written.” As a disciple of Christ and steward of God’s house he understood the value of the gift of God’s written word — the Hebrew scriptures. He also knew the warning to not add to or take away from the words of the Lord that were given through Moses. Paul taught that, having received the unmerited gift of knowledge from God, his servants needed to teach with humility. So as to avoid a divisive spirit that came from pride and self-promotion.
Children Emulate their Father
Just as young children “mimic” a parent, so God asks us to follow the positive example of Jesus Christ, patterning ourselves after the Father, as did Jesus. Paul admonishes that we should be imitators of God as beloved children. And the apostle John adds that imitating Christ is our spiritual “genetic” heritage, for the children share the nature of Christ and the Father. Peter confirms the importance of walking in obedience, following Christ’s example and imitating him — spotless and blameless in the eyes of the Father.
“Imitation of Christ” — the Counterfeit
The scriptures are clear in their instruction to live as Jesus lived. Imitating Christ, means leading a life of obedience to the law of God. All the biblical writers taught the value of being in the world, but not of the world. They did not go beyond what was written in scripture. Yet, from the early history of the Christian church there were those who taught a different message. So, it is not surprising that modernly those who have been immersed in the false message. This message continues to teach that a monastic life of piety and ritual is the way to “imitate Christ.” However, to those who value sola scriptura, this counterfeit message has no power. When you grasp the transformative power of of imitating Christ, you will embrace the reality.
“Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.” (Professor Warren G. Bennis) So where are the “leaders” in our world, the ones who “do the right thing?” We have many charismatic figures in the world — politicians, sports figures, adventurers, business executives. But do we have leaders who have the vision and set a true course to inspire others to do the right thing, those who exercise transformational leadership.
Yearning for leadership
Brexit, and the election of President Trump, have shown that the west is divided and looking for leadership — visionary leadership, transformational leadership. Even in the religious world there seems to be a lack of leadership. In the Christian world, the catch-phrase ” I accept Christ as my personal saviour” has turned a deep respect in Christ’s transformational leadership into a shallow bumper-sticker religion, according to David Kupelian in the “Marketing of Evil”
Transformational Leadership: Living Water and Light
When talking to the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus challenged her, and then offered her “living water.” She did not understand what he meant. But to those who worship God in spirit and truth, the message is clear. True leadership comes from someone who has the power to give life — living water to a thirsty world needing a vision of a better life. In a world walking aimlessly in the darkness and in need of direction, a transformational leader will bring light. This leader will make a clear path in the gloom, so that those who follow will not be destroyed.
The scriptural analogy of the Good Shepherd speaks to the need for a leader who will provide security and safe-haven for the “sheep.” On the other hand, there are the thieves and hirelings whose exploitive self-interest manipulates and takes advantage of the “sheep” for their own profit. We need to ask ourselves, “What kind of leadership are we following? And will the end result be life or death?” Transformational leaders give us vision, inspire us, and help us understand the reality. So we can embrace life — eternal life.
Learn more about Christ’s role as the Good Shepherd
Are we appreciating his leadership in our lives? Shepherds and Sheep
In Canada, and in British Columbia, we’re being told there is a public health “crisis” or “emergency” over the perils of addiction, over-dosing, and death. Recently, intravenous drug users having been dropping dead in significant numbers in B.C.–about two a day due to the appearance on the streets over this past year of the drug fentanyl–a cheaper, far more powerful, artificial opioid. This cheaply manufactured drug is being smuggled into Canada from China.
To counter this “crisis” among those ensnared in opioid addiction, many of the so-called experts are calling for more “harm-reduction” strategies…
Is this the answer???
In the aftermath of the unexpected electoral trump of Donald Trump, leftists all around the world are in shock. They were all assured by the mainstream press that Hillary Clinton would become the 45th president of the United States. How could they get it so wrong? Well, I’ve decide to quote at length from a professional journalist who confesses that the pride and arrogance of the elite and the loonie left rendered them blind to the facts. But, of course, that’s not all! Hope you enjoy this refreshingly honest look at what’s really been going on in the newsrooms of our Western media. Be sure to see my conclusion at the very bottom for the real reason why Mr. Trump prevailed last night… Read more…
Last week a private Christian university won a controversial victory over its enemies who have been trying to force out of the public sphere any institution that upholds Judeo-Christian morality. The Appeal Court of British Columbia, B.C.’s highest court, ruled unanimously, 5-0, in favour of Trinity Western University, describing efforts by the B.C. Law Society and sexual circus activists to deny the accreditation of the Christian university’s new law school as “unreasonable.”
For years now, the dispute has revolved around … Read More…
The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) that Canada has been negotiating with the European Union (EU) is about far more than just products and service. It’s also about ceding sovereignty, making our mere national laws subordinate to those of the EU’s.
The way it seems to work these day is that when a single nation state like Canada with 36 million inhabitants wants to make a trade deal with the supranational EU power block with 743 million residents, it comes with strings attached. More and more It seems the EU is pushing its political goals on its wanna-be trading partners. So, when a deal hinges not, on tariffs or quotas, but rather a sovereign nation’s welfare or immigration policies… Read more
It’s not what you might think!
The media this week has been full of chatter about corporate inversions, the Panama papers, Mossack Fonseca, shell companies, and the mountains of $$$$ and other currency units that the world’s elite has anonymously stashed in some 70 to 92 swarmy tax havens worldwide. We’re talking about maybe $21 to $32 trillion according to the Tax Justice Network, an international research and advocacy organization.
Oh yeah, for years, governments have talked about cracking down on the elite tax cheats… Read more…