At 14, my son doesn't imitate me, but he does watch me. Apparently I make a lot of faces when I am concentrating. (smiles) Just this morning he must have asked me at least five times why I was making that face.
Someone is always watching us. It may be something as innocent as our child copying our behavior, or it may be a nosy neighbor wanting to see what we are up to. Someone is always watching.
What do people see when they watch you?
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1
Paul told the church in Corinth to imitate his behavior, but it wasn't because he wanted everyone to be like him. Paul desired that the new believers would become more like Christ in their thoughts and behaviors. And he understood that he must model what it looks like to be a Christian; to be Christ-like.
So, what do people see when they watch you?
Are we imitating Christ with our words and actions? Do we look like Jesus in our behaviors or do we more closely resemble the world?
Most of the people that we encounter everyday are lost and looking for hope. They don't need to see another discouraged, disgruntled face. They don't need to see us, because we can't save them - but Jesus can! So we need to shine for Him.
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord--who is the Spirit--makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18
I want to challenge and encourage you to shine for Jesus today. Let's strive to walk out the faith that we profess so that we too can say: Follow me as I follow Christ.