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Author/Source: Karl Bastian

Topic: Imitation in Ministry

“Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery.”


“Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery.” 

One of the things my father often said to me was, “Son, I want you to watch my life. When you see me acting like Christ - do as I do. When you see me not acting like Christ, please don’t follow in my footsteps, but learn from my mistakes.” He never pretended to be a perfect father - he was real. He was my primary discipler, as every father ought to be. (See Deut. 6) 

I had other disciplers who did the same thing. They coached me through how Jesus would want me to respond in different situations. They opened their lives to me, sharing with me their own struggles and obstacles and the choices they were facing, and how they were going to address them, from Scripture, through prayer - even asking me at times what I thought God would have them do! Asking me, the disciplee!

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