Today’s Scripture Selection: Third John 11
“Dear friend, do no imitate what is evil but what is good.”
I don’t often hear anyone describe an imitation as a good thing.
We want the “real deal” – or as they say in the country – the “gen-u-yne article.” We don’t think much of a “mere” imitation.
But here, is Scripture, imitation is a commendable, even necessary thing.
We can imitate good or imitate evil.
We can mirror Christ’s example or Satan’s.
We can show that we are Christ-followers or something far less attractive.
We can imitate something that brings life – or death.
So, while I think being genuine is very important, I offer this simple reminder that sometimes the best thing we can do, and the best we can be, is a “mere” imitation of the one true God.
John put it simply and to the point:
“Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.”
Kind of clears things up – in a word of smoke and mirrors.
Prayer: Lord, show me how to imitate your love and grace to others, your goodness that is incomparable. AMEN.