By: Tim Sader
1 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
By choosing to accept Gods free gift of eternal life we are saved from sin and the wrath of God. The wages of sin is death no matter what we must die but how we do this is entirely up to us. Death is always the wage sin pays us. Without God sin was killing us because that is what rules the world. At one time we lived to satisfy our sinful nature that we were born into and we all deserved wrath. Because God loved us He showed us mercy by making us alive in Christ while we were still sinners. The free gift of God is not sins wages; remember that is death. We can stay dead in sin till we die or we can die now to ourselves and be made alive again through Christ. When we were saved our sins were buried with Christ and since He took or sins with Him in death we also are risen up with Him. Our old self has been crucified so we could be set free from it and receive the free gift of eternal life. In Him we are dead to sin and alive again in Christ. God offered us the gift of life when we were dying but to get it we must die to self and sin to live in Him. Our wages from sin were paid to Christ on the Cross. We can live in sin and die or we can die to live again in Christ. Last night after seeing the movie Heaven is For Real, while on the way home I prayed about the Torch today. Right when I was about to say Lord please help me figure out what to write I looked out the window and saw a sign. It was an adopt a highway sign and under it was written Corinthian 416 AME because they adopted that stretch of highway. When I got home I looked up 4:16 in both Corinthians and decided to write about imitating Christ. He wants us to live by the example He set for us to follow when He was here.
If Christ has saved us we are already supposed to live by this example so others can imitate us as we imitate Him. The apostles followed Christ’s example as close as possible and told us to follow their example as they followed Him (1 Corinthians 11:1). We were called to follow the example of Christ. If we are His servant surely we can be no greater than Him so we should do as He showed us to do (John 13:15-16). When the disciples didn’t know how to pray Christ gave them instructions on how to pray and gave the example of the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9). As the Father loved Him and how Christ loved us we also are to remain in love. We do this by following His commands as He followed all the commands of God to remain in His love (John 15:9-10). Because Christ suffered we are called to do accordingly to His example by following in His footsteps (1 Peter 2:21). Our leaders who speak the word to us we should remember and consider the outcomes in their lives and imitate that faith. Jesus is the same across the spectrum of time if they are following Him we can do what they do according to the faith (Hebrews 13:7-8). We should not become lazy in our faith but to imitate those who through faith and patience have received what was promised by God (Hebrews 6:12). As Gods chosen people we are dearly loved by God because we follow the path of our example. We are compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient. Dealing with each other forgiving one another what has been done onto us as our Lord has forgiven us (Colossians 3:12-13). By example, Christ’s example we are called to live our lives. He showed us how to pray, serve and love. Since He is always the same that is always the way we should be so others will see our faith and know how they should live also.
Recently Tuesdays Torch has expanded its reach by building our official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com . With the addition of the Daily Spark and Scripture Pictures we are further spreading the message of Christ. We have accepted the opportunity for Tuesday’s Torch to be in Redeemed the Magazine for prisoners. The founder and author of Tuesdays Torch Tim Sader, has spoken in church and has several other speaking engagements lined up for the near future. We pray the words of this Torch and every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please feel free to forward Tuesdays Torch to encourage others with its message. If there are any churches or ministries that would like to partner with Tuesdays Torch please let us know. We pray the Lord will touch every reader. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk a little more about what He did and what He is still doing. The best thing God has ever done was send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will meet the Lord. If anyone wants to make Jesus Christ their Savior send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help it happen. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website, by email or find it on Facebook by searching Tuesdays Torch. Thanks and God Bless!
No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16