Living as an Example: Follow Me as I Follow Christ!

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I’m excited because I believe God is going to really begin to reveal to you the power of what He’s called you to do and where He’s called you to go. You know, everybody wants to have a grand calling and accomplish something significant in the world, and I do believe that God has called us to change the world. He’s called us to be salt and light in the darkness by Living as an Example!

But the enemy wants you to think that your life is just average and mundane.

But as long as you see yourself as ordinary, average, mundane, broken, flawed, or dysfunctional, you’ll never step into the realm of saying, “God, reflect Yourself through my life.”

How do we come to a place of surrender and submission in this dynamic relationship with God, where we’re able to reflect and glorify Him?

Can we get to a place where we’re boldly telling people, “Hey, follow me as I follow Christ”?

Yes, that is the very life God has called you and me to live.

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ” (Modern English Version). Another translation says it this way: “Imitate me as I imitate Christ” (GOD’S WORD Translation). God used this verse to reveal to me how He had called me to live a life of humility and confidence. “Follow me”—that’s the confidence—“as I follow Christ”—that’s the humility of not doing our own thing.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Even born-again believers can remain stuck in the world if they’re still catering to ungodliness and worldly desires. But we can let the Word of God transform us in those areas to the point where we no longer live in the flesh.

Today is the time!

It’s time that we say, “Lord, I’m going to crucify the lust of the flesh with Your help.” (See Titus 2:11–12.) Now we have an urgency, courageousness, and boldness inside of us to deny ungodliness. Why? Because we know how God sees us and that we’re loved.

If somebody says that you are average, working an average job, or living an average life, but you know you have relationship with God and you’re at the right place and time, doing the right thing—then you are not doing average. You’re doing what God’s called you to do today. And doing what God’s called you to do today is key to what God has for you tomorrow.

You may say, “I know there are bigger things in my future. I know it and I sense it.” So, you can be tempted to look around you and look at your life and think, Ugh! This season is so boring compared to what I know is ahead.

Well, how do you not live a boring season?

How you don’t live a boring season is by determining that right now, in every interaction, word, decision you make, thing you do—all of it comes from a heart saying, “Lord, how do I reflect You?” That’s where it gets exciting!

That’s where you start out your day and say, “Alright, Lord. I’m going to my job. So, how do I reveal You through my life today?”

Sometimes people think that this is just prophetic or supernatural, but being a living example happens in everyday life.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

There’s that choice again—to not be conformed—deciding to live as an example and saying, “I’m not going to be conformed to this world but I’m going to be transformed by the renewing of my mind.”

That transformation puts you in a place where you think, see, talk, and respond differently in your everyday life. It’s so radical to the world and it becomes your normal, where you’re not blowing up and swearing like maybe you used to. There’s been a transformation, so now, instead of getting mad, you’re okay.

People might even think you have a right to get mad when you’ve been wronged. But you’ve just decided, “Nope, I belong to the Lord. I’m not going to get angry or talk negatively about people. I’m going to give this to the Lord. The Lord’s my defense.”

People around you might even ask, “What’s wrong with you?”

And I love that! You can respond, What’s wrong with me? Oh, let me tell you what’s right with me! Let me tell you what God has fixed, restored, and redeemed.”

I’m excited about this season of your life. God is wanting to restore, redeem, and teach you to be effective right now in reflecting Him each day!

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Carrie Pickett

Carrie Pickett

Carrie Pickett spent sixteen years as a missionary in Russia, where she established and directed the Charis campus in St. Petersburg. In 2015, she returned to Colorado and is now serving as the assistant vice president of Charis and director of World Outreach training operations. She leads the Charis Global Training School and is dedicated to raising up powerful ministers with a Great Commission vision.

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