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10/15/2010

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The Sincerest Form of Flattery


"Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ" (1 Cor. 11: 1).

Charles Caleb Colton is credited with the quotation, "imitation is the sincerest of flattery" in an 1820 work, entitled Lacon. I have always enjoyed comedians that can imitate famous people. Some of the more memorable Saturday Night Live skits involve imitations of famous people. I read a story once about the famous impressionist Rich Little. He told in the story about how long he had to practice to get a particular voice down. Hour upon hour was spent with a tape recorder, and he would not use the voice in his act until he was completely satisfied with it. The apostle Paul in today's verse, invites imitation. He invites it because he is assured he has got it down. We as Christians, with deference to Paul, can skip the middle man and go right to Christ with our imitating. Jesus is our perfect example in all phases of life. Though he was the Son of God, and possessed qualifications that we do not, His humanity was learned. "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men" (Luke 2:52). Hopefully we do the same with the same results...

One of the great things that Jesus learned as a human was obedience, and He learned it the same way that we do. Much of His obedience was learned through suffering, as endurance is a great educator. Jesus endured temptations, rejection, disappointments, physical pain and death. Upon completing His role on earth He was able to say to the Father; "I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do" (John 17:4). In completing His assignment, He "became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him" (Heb. 5:9). It is our task on earth to imitate Jesus into obedience. Just as He came to mankind in obedience to His Father, we must follow that example by obeying Him. He has the words of eternal life, so it would be the sincerest thing that we could ever do...

Have a wonderful day...Serve Him with gladness... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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