Hebrews 6: 12
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
As children, we often accused others of being a copycat or even worse we were the one being accused. I’m not sure why being a copycat was such a horrible thing, but it just was! Especially when you’re big sister or big brother was the one doing the accusing. As I got older, I was introduced to the phrase, “imitation is the highest form of flattery.” That was better, but the Bible has even more, even better things to say about being a copycat.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that being a copycat is a good thing! If you want more power, more success, more whatever, then look at those Christians who have obtained them. Then be a copycat! If you think about that, it makes a lot of sense. Many Christians have gone before us…why not learn form their experiences rather than try to invent the wheel again all by ourselves. As parents, we tell our children that all the time. “Learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to experience them for yourselves.”
Of course, most children ignore their parents’ advice and make their own mistakes. Let’s not make that same mistake in our Christian lives. Let’s learn from great Christians who have inherited many of God’s promises whether it be success, peace, joy, contentment, power, or whatever it is you are searching for. I’m sure everyone is different, but it seems as if all the “great” ones have a few habits in common.
TAKE TIME TO STUDY GOD’S WORD.
TAKE TIME TO PRAY.
BE OBEDIENT TO GOD.
There are certainly other things we should be doing , but those seem to be the big three as far as I’m concerned.
What about you? Is there something you’ve learned from others that can help the rest of us in our walk with God?