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Role Model

Imitating Christ

  • Author: By Rita Wright
  • Credits: Illustration by Patrick Leger
  • Published: June 9, 2011

I have a role-model complex. I can watch a movie and think, If only I had her hair, his intelligence and a comical sidekick, my life would be more meaningful. I watched Pixar’s animated movie, The Incredibles, while babysitting. Jake, the 4-year-old, watched Mr. Incredible lift a train and announced in his little voice, “I want to be that strong.” His comment made me giggle, but it also made me feel kind of normal.

It’s silly to seek purpose in my own life by imitating a movie character. But I realize that my desire to imitate others is part of my God-made design.
Ephesians 5:1,2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us.” Rather than settling for role models like Mr. Incredible, I’m called to set my sights higher.

I want to relate to others like Jesus does in the Bible—in love, sacrifice and character. And God is delighted to answer my heart’s cry when I look at Jesus and announce with childlike determination, “I want to be just like Him.”

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