Imitating Christ

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration MinistriesAugust 8, 20182 Minutes

The Imitation of Christ made an immediate impact when it was published in 1418 A.D. Its author was anonymous, but its truths were so powerful that it became perhaps the most widely read Christian book in history (second only to the Bible). Over time, it generally was agreed that it was written by Thomas Hammerken (more widely called “Thomas à Kempis”).

Kempis died on this date in 1471 at the age of ninety-one. Known for his intimate walk with the Lord, he filled this book with insights about growing in Christ.

He warned believers to be aware of how easy it is to imitate the world. He prayed, “Grant me, Lord, to know all that I should know, to love what I should love, to esteem what most pleases you, and to reject all that is evil in your sight.” He knew “how quickly the glory of the world passes away.”

He stressed the importance of love and humility: “Study to do another’s will rather than thine own. Choose ever to have less rather than more. Seek ever the lower place and to be subject to all; ever wish and pray that the will of God may be perfectly done in thee and in all. Behold such a man enters the bounds of peace and calm.” Like Peter, Kempis knew that Jesus should be our example. That we should “follow in His steps.”

Don’t be like many in the world who model their lives on celebrities, entertainers, or athletes. Make sure that you imitate Jesus. Surrender your life to Him. And be an example to others!