Rhapsody Of Realities TeeVo Devotional November 16th – The “Imitation” Of Christ

(How You Can Copy The Lord)

TO THE BIBLE: Ephesians 5:1 AMPC
“Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].”

LET’S TALK
Some define Christianity as the imitation of Christ; this isn’t quite accurate. Christianity is the revelation of Christ in you.

For example, a house has a kitchen, but the kitchen isn’t the house. In Christianity, there’s the imitation of Christ, but Christianity, essentially, isn’t the imitation of Christ.

Many people have never really understood true Christianity; hence, they tell everyone to imitate Christ. However, the message to imitate Christ isn’t for everyone, but for those in whom is the life and nature of God.

You couldn’t imitate Christ, except you have His life in you. How are we supposed to imitate Christ? Are we supposed to go to the Cross and die as He did? Did He say that everything He did, we must do?

Are we to go to the wilderness and fast for forty days and forty nights, as He did? Is it by copying His mannerisms, dressing, tone of voice etc.? Certainly not, but we can study about Him in the Word; we can see Him in the Word and follow His examples.

1 Peter 2:21-23 shows us the areas for us to emulate the Lord – in righteousness, wholesome communication, nature of forgiveness, kindness, humility, and love.

The summation of His character is love; we’re to therefore emulate Him by walking in love. Ephesians 5:2 AMPC admonishes us to “…walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.”

1 John 4:7-8 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

Go Deeper
1 John 4:7-9

Pray:
Dear Father, I thank you for filling my heart with the revelation of your Word and the wisdom to do your will. As I apply my heart to your Word, Christ is formed in me, and His character of love and nature of righteousness are revealed through me day by day, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading
ONE YEAR
Hebrews 12:14-29, Jeremiah 33
TWO YEAR
John 12:20-29, 1 Chronicles 16

Act:
State below the ways you would, from today, start to imitate the Lord Jesus.

About the author

Rev. Chris Oyakhilome D.Sc., D.D, the President of LoveWorld Inc. , a dynamic, multifaceted, global ministry, is the author of Rhapsody of Realities, the world’s #1 daily devotional, and more than 30 other books. He’s a dedicated minister of God’s Word whose message has brought the reality of the divine life to the hearts of many.

 

Millions have been affected by his television broadcast, “Atmosphere For Miracles,” which brings God’s divine presence right into people’s homes. The scope of his television ministry extends throughout the world with LoveWorld satellite television networks delivering qualitative Christian programming to a global audience.

 

At the world-renowned Healing School, he manifests the healing works of Jesus Christ and has helped many receive healing through the operation of the gifts of the Spirit.

 

Pastor Chris has a passion to reach the peoples of the world with God’s presence—a divine commission he’s fulfilled for more than 30 years through various outreaches, crusades, as well as several other platforms that have helped millions experience a victorious and purposeful life in God’s Word.

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