31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, Devotionals

Imitator of Christ

Who do you perform for?

Is it your parents, your kids? Are we out to get likes from co-workers, bosses or leaders? Do we try to out do our partners, mentors, or elders? Who is our audience and what do they count for?

It’s hard to drive home humility when we live in a social media based society of likes, frownie faces, and straw man arguments. With hands on hips or fingers to the keyboard, we try to outwit the competition with glamorized falsities of happy and abundant lives when we truly are just hiding behind a mask of disappointment.

Galatians 4:9 ESV 

But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?

Christians, it’s time to re-access. Are we trying to model a superior edge in society or are we trying to model Christ? Our audience shouldn’t be the masses, but the One who will reach the masses through His Spirit and our works left by Him.

Christ calls us to imitate Him (1 Cor 11:1). What does that look like? What does that gain? Will it build my platform, my circle of influence, my trophy child’s resume, or my spouse’s reputation? Or does it matter if I am famous, wealthy or popular?

In weeks from now, my niche may change or boot me out. My child may fail a test or a lost job may cause us to downsize. We see that we are only imitating the world and not the one who came to save it.

It’s tough, I know. I grew up right in the middle of generations who either grew up with in person relationships and hard work accomplished tangible rewards, while the other is growing up with computers at their finger tips, a seemingly unrestricted cash flow and competitive trophy driven experiences. I see where I want to have a good amount of both. There’s a want to fit in with all yet I try strive to be on the trendy side.  This causes more heartache than achievement. I am not modeling the calling given to me.

Imitate Him. We need to be loving, serving and submitting to one another. Pray and seek truth through Scripture. When the Spirit beckons, take up our crosses and follow His leading. Our audience is of One. He will provide for what we truly need.

Titus 2:11-12

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age

 

We no longer have to play the game of keeping up with viral appearance of life. We can rest in that when we are on stage, doing life, we only have one to please. When we strive for His plans for us, we will achieve holiness as we increase His fame.

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Thank you for joining me on this 20th day of 31 Days of Free Writes. Today’s prompt is: AUDIENCE. You can find all of my posts in this series at this link.

 

 

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