“Role Models of the Life of Christ” 4/21/2016 Written by Greg Winfield

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Original post @  http://faithsmessenger.com/role-models/

 

Role Models of the Life of Christ

 

Role models of the life of Christ may be few and far between, depending on the circles you travel in. Many people today are seeking examples of how to cope with the difficulties of life.

Seeking a role model automatically places you in the position of being a follower. There’s nothing wrong with being a follower per se. I suppose what determines if the position of follower is a positive or a negative has to do with what direction you allow yourself to be led in.

Pattern your life after the life of Jesus. It goes without saying that we will never be perfect like Jesus was, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t shoot for perfection.

When we talk about role models, we tend to mean someone who we can see and pattern our lives after. But is it possible to follow a role model that you can’t see?

Our Earthly Role Models

What if you had a brother or an uncle that you looked up to. And what if that brother or uncle left home to serve in the military. Would it be possible for this brother or uncle to still be a role model to you through letters and phone calls?

If you had all the time you needed to describe the challenges you were facing and you were able to get advice from your brother or uncle from long distance, wouldn’t his advice be just as valuable and just as valid as if you were able to get advice from him in person?

Life Instructions from our Heavenly Role Model

I’d like to approach the subject of role models from a different perspective. What if we allowed the example of how Jesus lived in the bible to be our example / role model instead of earthly role models.

Our earthly role models are far from perfect. Our earthly role models can stumble, make mistakes, disappoint us and let us down. But the example we have in scripture of how Jesus lived, if followed, will never fail us.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for Christian support, mentors, small groups and fellowship with strong believers. But I think sometimes because we know that Jesus was God manifested in the flesh, we shy away to an extent from even thinking about following the example of how He lived without an earthly role model as a go between.

Our earthly role models are fallible, therefore we have no problem attempting to follow the examples of men. To follow perfection means that failure to live up to the example set before us is inevitable. Following imperfection is much easier.

If you’re starved for a Godly role model, I encourage you instead to be the role model. Follow the example set before us in God’s Word and be the role model for someone else who may be starving for a Godly role model.

Pattern your life after the life of Jesus. It goes without saying that we will never be perfect like Jesus was, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t shoot for perfection.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, earthly role models can be rare. You can either continue searching for a Godly example to follow or you can get into God’s Word and be the example.

There just may be someone in your circle of influence waiting for you to step up and be the role model they need to succeed in life.

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