My God, My Pattern – 2
Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 11:1(NKJV); Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
The human heart perpetually seeks to worship something or someone.
Have no illusions about this; if a man is not worshipping the true God, he has an object of worship somewhere in his life. This could be money, a job, a car, a mobile phone and even one’s spouse.
If we take this understanding into the Church of Christ, you will see why we have personality cults in the Christendom.
How do men and women of God become objects of worship?
If a man or woman of God desires to be imitated but doesn’t imitate Christ, he becomes the object of worship. If he or she is a pattern unto himself instead of God being his pattern, he will attract hero-worship.
I put this question to you minister of God. Is your life truly patterned after Christ?
Is His humility reflected in your lifestyle? Is His compassion your heartbeat? Is His kindness your brand of kindness? Are you pointing men to Christ or to yourself?
If not, it is possible that your ego is ‘wedged into the door to the throne room.’ It is possible that people cannot see past you to the God you claim to represent.
I put this to you follower of Christ. Is your pastor on a pedestal or do you see past him to Christ the Lord?
Are you more obsessed with having the favour of your spiritual authority or the favour of God?
Do you seek God with the same zeal in the absence of your man or woman of God? Do you serve with passion when there is no spiritual authority to notice your endeavours?
Examine yourself, ask critical questions about your devotion and why you do the things that you do.
Let true humility lead your way to deep soul-searching and let wisdom supply the answer to whether you worship God or worship men.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 4:16, Ephesians 5:1
GOLDEN NUGGET: Examine yourself, ask critical questions about your devotion and why you do the things that you do. Let true humility lead your way to deep soul-searching and let wisdom supply the answer to whether you worship God or worship men.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this Word. I receive it with humility and examine myself against the scriptures. In all things, You are the standard. Even in my honour of spiritual authority, I look to You. My submission starts with You. My allegiance to the gospel starts with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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