He that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him…. I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. – John 8:26, 28
Just about everything I know, I learned from copying someone else. Take skiing, for example. Gloria and I love to ski. We had a good ski instructor. He did everything right. He always looked so great coming down the mountain.
I learned to ski by imitating him. I kept listening to everything he told me to do and then I went out there and did it. It worked! I didn’t look as smooth as he looked, of course, but I skied.
I didn’t try to ski. I skied. At first I only went about six feet down the slope, but I skied.
Every year I ski a little better. Every year I’m able to apply a little more of what that instructor taught me. Could someone accuse me of copying that ski instructor? Of course, they could! That’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m trying to imitate him. I’m doing everything I possibly can to look just like him. Why? Because he’s a better skier than I am!
There was a fellow once who was criticizing me. “That Copeland just runs around acting like a little Jesus,” he said. He didn’t realize it, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s the highest compliment any man could pay me. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do!
Jesus told me to do it. He said, “As my Father hath taught me, I speak….” In other words, “I’m standing here copying the Father. Now you copy Me.”
Religion will try to convince you to say, “Oh, I could never be like Jesus! I’m too unworthy to ever act like Him.”
Who will you act like then?
Know this: You will act like someone. You’ll copy what you see on television or what you read in magazines or what you hear from the world—or you’ll copy Jesus.
The question is, which will you choose? If you choose to be like Jesus, you’ll discipline your words by saying what He says. You’ll discipline your actions by doing what He does. The more skilled you become with that discipline, the more you’ll live in the dimension Jesus enjoyed.
So don’t let religion or other wrong ideas hold you back. He’s the best teacher and example you’ll ever know. Copy Him!