Shawn Klush is probably not a name you recognize. He was raised in a small coal-mining town in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Klush holds the title as the best Elvis impersonator in the world. In 2005, Klush became the grand champion at the World Elvis Tribute Artist Competition and was named the international champion of the BBC’s World’s Greatest Elvis Competition by more than 6.5 million viewers in the United Kingdom.
Currently Klush tours extensively, has produced three albums, and appears frequently in Las Vegas. Klush shared in an interview that he began imitating Elvis at the age of 2, but honed his imitating skills over time. He says, “It’s a natural thing for me to do. I say that with the utmost respect. It just comes very easy for me. I ran with it, not realizing it. Finally, after a long time, I realized, ‘Wow, this is what I was supposed to do.'”
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and true disciples of Jesus Christ are people who are committed to imitating Jesus. Over and over, Jesus told His followers to do what He did, live as He lived, and walk as He walked.
Jesus said in Luke 6:40, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” On another occasion Jesus said, “I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you” (John 13:15). 1 John 2:6 says, “The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked.”
All through the Scripture we are told that God’s plan for us is to be like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says that God’s destiny for each one of His children is that we be “conformed to the image of His Son.”
The apostle Paul said that he was going to keep working hard “until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19). He also told believers in Corinth, “Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Respond to this as you feel led – What do you think is hardest about seeking to live like Jesus?
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