Being Yourself

I think we as fallible people find ourselves reaching out so much for commonality around us, that we can fall into a cloning mentality. I'm not saying that we shouldn't look to others around us that are a little more spiritually experienced and try to learn from their journey; even Paul exhorts in all of his letters to the churches by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, clear examples of how to live. 1 Corinthians 4: 15 and 16 says: For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me. Now putting this in context, we know that these are believer's Paul led to the Lord ("In Christ Jesus, I have begotten you"), but still Paul is telling them to imitate him. Wait a minute, did you get that? "In Christ Jesus". Paul is just the mouthpiece; but he is an example that can be followed as long as God is the one getting the glory. I just think there's a fine line that we could cross and we will be following an idea, a fad, a person, a family, etc. There are many men, families, that I look to. Men like: John MacArthur, Steve Maxwell, Voddie Baucham, J.R. Miller, the late-great Adrian Rogers, but out of all of these, this is the one who amazes me...:

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