Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


May 7, 2009

Imitations are not the real thing, we even call them fake. However...

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not see God.

- 3 John 11 TNIV

However, we are told here as followers of Christ to be imitators, or imitators of good, imitators of Jesus Christ. "Imitator" is another word for "disciple." John knows that we "live into" discipleship, into faithfulness.

Golfers practice their swing until they get it into the right "groove." So they imitate the good swing over and over again until that swing becomes theirs. To be a disciple is to be an imitator of good, of Christ. We are imitators until it's a reality.

Dale Patterson