Paul was a badass - part 3 (1 Corinthians 4:16-17)

"I urge you, then, be imitators of me. That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church." - 1 Corinthians 4:16-17

I'm trying to imagine a single situation in my life where I could feel like I lived a life representative enough of Christ to ask others to be imitators of me. Growing up my mother would say, "I'm cold, put on a jacket," but then she wasn't wearing a jacket and if I would call her out on it she'd respond, "Do as I say, not as I do." Because she knew she could not live up to a good enough standard for it to be imitate-able.

You know I've recently had my first daughter. She's now a mere two months old, but I'm already slightly horrified at many of the faults I see in myself being reflected in her. The times she gets overwhelmed are the same as me (or maybe its just that I'm like a child, it's hard to know). I found myself talking with my wife yesterday and saying, "No matter what we do, our children are going to spend the most time with us, and turn out most like us - and less like what we tell them to become. Therefore we need to determine to be who we want our children to be."

This means, if I want my kids to not be fearful, then I need to learn to cope with my fears and model a life free from fear. If I want my kids to truly follow Christ then I need to be a man who truly follows Christ. I would love to be considered a "beloved and faithful child in the Lord" worthy enough to "remind you of [Paul's] ways in Christ."

I would love to life a life exemplifying enough of Christ that my children - as they turn out like me - can be sent as ambassadors of Christ. If people imitate my children, they will be imitating me, and in turn, Christ.

Okay, I'm drawing this out maybe a bit long for the analogy with my children, but basically it comes down to this. Our children, like our disciples, will imitate us. Therefore, be who you want them to be. And that is obvious - IN LOVE WITH, AND LIKE JESUS.

Paul was able to be like Christ, enough so to be worthy of imitating. Are you that tough? I'm not, but I want to be.