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Summary: 1. Constantly Commanded To Imitate Christ 2. Reflecting Each Other 3. What Must I Do To Take On The Image Of Jesus?

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> John 13:15 (AV)

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

> 1 Peter 2:21 (AV)

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

> 1 John 2:6 (AV)

6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

+ Photograph gives an exact image within the frame that you are looking at

+ "Walk a Little slower, Daddy." said a little child so small.

I'm following in your footsteps and I don't want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast, sometimes they're hard to see;

So walk a little slower Daddy, for you are leading me.

Someday when I'm all grown up, You're what I want to be.

Then I will have a little child who'll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right, and know that I was true;

So, walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you!!

+ Johann Kaspar Lavater 1741 – 1801- (Clergymen Poet)

>He believed what was in the mind was carried out into the characteristics of the body

> This led him to seek influences of the spirit upon the features.

> Studied - Physiognomy (from the Gk. physis meaning 'nature' and gnomon meaning 'judge' or 'interpreter') is determining a person's character or personality from their outer appearance, especially the face.

> QUOTE - I would omit if Jesus Christ were standing visibly before me, or which I suppose He would not perform if He were in my situation. I will, with the assistance of God, accustom myself to do everything in the name of Jesus Christ; and, as His disciple, to sigh every hour to God for the blessing of the Holy Ghost, and be always disposed to prayer.”

+ Jn 13:21 - I Have Given You An Example

- Peter finally understood what Jesus was saying

1 Peter 2:21 (AV)

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

- “Example” – Not to model

- A pattern or to die cast or mould

- Direct image to take in and become

+ 1. Constantly Commanded To Imitate Christ

> Matthew 11:29 (AV)

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

> John 12:26 (AV)

26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

> Philippians 2:5 (AV)

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

> 1 Peter 1:15 (AV)

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

> Ephesians 5:2 (AV)

2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

We admire sport heroes, entertainers, super heroes, motivational speakers – Who say:

- "Always do what you are afraid to do."

- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

- Constant dripping hollows out a stone.

- is it Jesus?

+ Look Alkies’

+ 2. Reflecting Each Other

> University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc (zay-unts) conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon.

- He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

- Couples had grown to look more like each other over time.

> The happier the couple the more likely they will have physical similarity.

Why? – The Possibilities

> Diet – You become what you eat

> Environment – Where you spend your time

> Personalities – How you think & act

> Agreement – To Please the other person

+ Philippians 2:5 (AV)

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

> Photo is OK but being there is the best

> We just want imitations

> The genuine is the best

+ 3. What Must I Do To Take On The Image Of Jesus?

- When faced with difficult decisions

- Ask each moment WWJD

• Focus on God’s glory

• Confidence In His Word

• Walk in Obedience

+ People were watching a group of artist paint a seaside scene. They could help noticing how they differed from each other. They called the attention of their guide to the fact that each of the painters had different colors for the scene and that no two copies were all alike. Their guide replied. “Don’t look at their copy! Look at the genuine scene!

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