“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Mahatma Ghandi
I look up to my dad as someone I want to emulate and imitate for his many character strengths. As a child I did this through standing on the toilet seat and putting shaving cream on my face like he did when he was shaving, or leaning over the engine of a car that he was fixing and making sure that I got dirty just like him.
We all imitate someone, whether intentionally or not. Business leaders, pop culture icons, sports stars or our next-door neighbor. So, the question that needs to be asked is “whom are you following and why?”
As Christians, the ultimate example that we are to follow and pattern our lives after is Jesus. The Apostle Paul urges the church in Ephesus to “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1,2).
There are many great examples out there that we can and should follow. However, the most important person we will ever emulate is Jesus himself and his love in action on the cross. If we measure up to him we will never be found lacking.