Today is a word salad of definitions. I sometimes use definitions to help me see the truth of familiar words in a new and meaningful way. Paul was not patting himself on the back when he said “imitate me.” In fact his life was filled with circumstances no one would want to imitate. These are the words that stood out to me that defined what Paul asked as the inspiration of his ministry, not his self-promotion.
Imitating: using someone as an example to follow
Keep: continue in a specified way
Example: characteristic of its kind
Citizenship: legal status and relation with specific rights and duties
Await: to be in the future of someone
Transform: a thorough or dramatic change in character
Subject: cause to undergo a particular experience
Stand: maintain a position
Friends, connect with me to the truth I have shown you. Specifically continue to walk according to the characteristics of Jesus you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our legal status in heaven comes with specific rights and duties that insure our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ is our future. He will, by a thorough and dramatic change in our character, cause our lowly body to be like His glorious one. He’s the power that enables our heart to undergo the particular experience that draws it to Himself. Therefore, maintain your position in the Lord, my cherished friends.