Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV); And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
Imitation (of spiritual authorities) is a pattern of service to God and His ministers revealed to us by the scriptures.
However, imitation is not copying what a minister of God does without understanding the Spirit behind what he or she does.
When you understand the Spirit behind the actions, you will not only chase after the results of a great man but the labours of that man because behind every labour is the Spirit.
Therefore, the patterns of service in the New Testament are a result of submitting ourselves to the Spirit of Christ at work in any of His ministers, thereby imitating them as they imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).
This is how the mantle was passed on from the Christ to the twelve disciples; to Apostle Paul, to us and the same we do to our children.
It’s wisdom to mature and grow in service and in the things of the Spirit by IMITATIONS but only to the degree of your submission to the Spirit of God working in His ministers.
Never be too proud to learn from what a man or woman of God does and how he or she does it; be attentive to the details of their lives because for any student in ministry, therein (in these details) lies the instructions by which you will grow in the things of God.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 11:1 (AMP), 1 Corinthians 4:15-17
It is wisdom to mature and grow in the things of the Spirit by IMITATIONS but only to the degree of your submission to the Spirit of God working in His ministers.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank you for the men and women whom you have set before and above me in the Gospel. Thank you for the wisdom to imitate them as they imitate you Lord. I refuse to be deluded by excitement at results but rather I pattern my life after your mighty work in their hearts. I behold the labours and not just the fruit. In this, my destiny is secure. In Jesus’ name. Amen.