The truth about imitation is so fundamental to true Christianity that it only takes a genuine thirst for God’s best to see the thread all through scripture. Let us consider Bible personalities that teach us imitation:
a. JESUS IMITATED THE FATHER
In John 5:19-21, 30, The Bible says, “… The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the son likewise. For the Father loveth the son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth… For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will…”
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge.” If Jesus Christ—our Lord and Shepherd—was not ashamed to imitate the Father, there is no reason to be ashamed. The devil is out to outwit believers and the Body of Christ by making us neglect or pervert this vital truth.
b. ELISHA IMITATED ELIJAH
2 Kings 2:12-15 says, “… He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? …they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha.”
When Elisha cried, “Where is the God of Elijah?” he was striking at the very heart of biblical imitation. Negative imitation (which brings limitation) would have cried, “Where is Elijah?” This was the delusion plaguing the sons of the Prophets when they asked Elisha, “Knowest not that the Lord will take thy master from thy head today?”
PRAYER: Lord, I accept the truth of fathering and imitation; help me to obtain the highest profit as I embrace it in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Joshua 3:1-4:24, Luke 14:7-35, Psalm 80:1-19, Proverbs 12:27-28