1 Corinthians 11:1 – Imitating Christ

Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 11:1‐12:26, 1 Corinthians 10:14‐11:2, Psalm 34:11‐22, Proverbs 21:14‐16

1 Corinthians 11:1 – Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.


  • Context: Context: Paul has been arguing since chapter 9 that, in regards to the differing views on clean and unclean foods, we are to be careful to act towards others in a way that will not inhibit the advance of the gospel.  At the end of Chapter 10 he caps this thought by saying “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
  • Be imitators of me
    • as I am of Christ.

For years the leadership team I worked with at camp talked about making a T-shirt from this verse that had the words on the front “follow me” and on the back “as I follow Christ.”  We never did… 

This verse defines Biblical leadership.  Quoting my good friend Matt Lantz – “Leadership is followership that inspires followership.” 

Apply: I want to live life like I am wearing the 1 Corinthians 11:1 T-shirt.  I want to be a follower that inspires followers.

Could you tell the people around you to imitate you as you imitate Christ?  What do you need to change to be able to do that?

Note: Check out Kevin East’s new blog – Following to Lead.


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