//So that you might not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises//
There is great power in influence and imitation. In Revelation we read that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimonies. God has given us great power in our testimonies and we have been so blessed to be born in a time where they are so many testimonies to look to for encouragement and power. We firstly imitate Jesus who gave up His life for the redemption of mankind. But along the way, we look at those who gave their life away for the sake of the Gospel and find great hope.
We imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
We imitate Able as we see him giving his treasure and not his leftovers to God.
We imitate Enoch by pleasing God through continually walking with Him.
We imitate Noah by walking in reverential fear and radical obedience.
We imitate Abraham in obedience to our calling to go out and receive the inheritance. We walk as Abraham did, not knowing where we are going but walking step by step to the land of promise, looking for the city whose builder and maker is God. We imitate Abraham’s faith in sacrificing his most valuable possession to a God who could raise the dead.
We imitate Sarah as we believe that God can do the impossible.
We imitate Moses in choosing to be mistreated with the people of God rather than enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. We imitate him by considering the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of the world. We imitate him by looking to the reward of Jesus and by not being afraid of the anger of man because our eyes are locked on Him who is invisible.
We imitate Rahab in going against the flow and welcoming the people of God rather than acting in fear.
We imitate those who through faith conquerors kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouth of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness and became mighty in war. We imitate those who were tortured, mocked, flogged, chained and imprisoned. We imitate those who were stoned, sawn in two, and killed with the sword. We imitate those who did not receive what was promised in this life, but as they walked through heaven’s gates they met every promise and more in the name of Jesus Christ.
Application: Today I will spend time praying that God will give me boldness in sharing the daily testimonies that Jesus Christ gives me.