No matter what our life circumstances, God can use us in other people's lives. If nothing else, we can be Christ-like examples of how to deal with ministry, relationships, pain and suffering, loss, or whatever we might be experiencing.
Let's remember, however, what qualifies us to be Christ-like examples. We must be able to say, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ" (1 Cor. 11:1). (Be sure to read this month's Be-Attitude about being an example.)
Here's a small sampling of areas to follow in His footsteps:
- "In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus ..." (Phil. 2:5-8) To be Christ-like examples we need to demonstrate that same humility and servanthood He exhibited.
- "... walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Eph. 5:1-2) To be Christ-like examples we need His sacrificial love and compassion toward people.
- "But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray." (Lk. 5:16) "One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray ...'" (Lk. 11:1) How much more do we need to live in dependence on God? Prayerlessness is not an option for those who want to be Christ-like examples.
- Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission of going and making disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20). From that church leaders can learn some lessons from Jesus about delegation and also about Purpose, Mission, Vision, and Goals.
This list could be much longer. We could have a good discussion, this month's Bible teaching method, about how Jesus is our example in ALL things, but a newsletter isn't a format for engaging in discussion. So, let me encourage you to think about it on your own. In what areas of your life do you need to follow Jesus more so you can be a better example to others?
And, let's be sure to remember that Jesus is so much more than an example to follow. He is the Savior, the One who died on the cross to take our sin upon Himself so we can be made right with God (Isa. 53:5; Jn. 14:6). He is the Sovereign Lord who ascended back to heaven after His resurrection from the dead, the One to whom every knee will one day bow (Phil. 2:10). May God use our example, as we follow the example of Christ, to open doors to point people to the One who wants to be their Savior and Lord.
Yours in His Service,
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