6 You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything (1 Thessalonians 1).
Oscar Wilde once wrote: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Here we see: “Imitation is the sincerest form of faith.” The more devoted we are to the Lord, the more we will try to follow Him, His ways, and His most faithful servants. This is truest humility—to be satisfied as an imitation and not the original.
The world would push us in striving to be originals and the source for everyone else’s devotion and imitation. Yet, the greatest thing any of us could ever do is to try to be like Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. And if we look closely, we’ll see how God, in His mercy, is always sending folks our way who are good examples of His to follow.
Lord, help us This Day to follow Your examples and to be Your examples for others. Amen.