Imitate Christ

view of cross during golden hour
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…Philippians 2:5 
We have all seen this on tv or in the movies.  We have all seen someone imitating someone else.  For those of us who are a little older, we remember one of the great impressionists named Rich Little.  He did so many imitations of so many famous people.  Of course, so much of it has to do with the voice.  And I guess Rich Little simply had a voice that could be like a lot of other voices, with the right manipulation.  But there was more than just the voice.  He would also imitate mannerisms.  If a celebrity whose impression he was doing had a unique walk, that’s how Rich Little would walk.  If they had a unique way of always adjusting their necktie or looking in another direction, he would do that too. 

When Paul encourages us in Philippians 2 that we should be like Christ, he talks about having the attitude of Christ.  Attitude might be conveyed in a voice, but much more often, it is conveyed through mannerisms.  We don’t know what the voice of Jesus sounded like when He was living in this world 2000 years ago, but we sure know what He did and what His mannerisms were like.  And the one that Paul highlights in the verses following Philippians 2:5 is Christ’s humility.

If we’re going to imitate Christ, we will be humble.  Paul starts with the fact that Christ humbled Himself by becoming one of us.  But quickly, Paul takes us to the cross.  This is humility incarnate.  As our Lord carried our sins and the sins of the world, He was putting us and everyone else ahead of Himself.  That’s the mannerism we imitate.

Certainly, we cannot go to the lengths Christ did in dying to take someone else’s sins away, but we can imitate Christ when we put the needs, the concerns, the wellbeing of others ahead of even our own.  To feed the hungry, visit those imprisoned, clothe the poor, this is how we imitate Christ.  And the reason we can, is because of what He did for us.
Prayer: O Lord Jesus, may we imitate you.  May we learn from and adopt your humility, showing love to others as you have loved us.  In your name we pray.  Amen.

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