Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7 (NIV)
Well, that would be something. I can’t see how that would be possible. What are you talking about? The idea that someone should imitate me seems pretty far-fetched. Why is that? I am not living a life that is worthy of being imitated. Are you sure? Are you absolutely positive that your life is not worth imitating? When you start asking me questions like that I’m not sure of anything. Why is that? You have a way of teaching me something new that starts out with you asking me a lot of questions. In many cases, at many times, your questions are your way of challenging my thinking. I’m glad that you have started to notice a little bit of a pattern. You must want to teach me something new, am I right? Yes, you are right.
You are living a life that is worthy of imitating. How can that be? Are you ready for me to ask you a lot of questions? Yes, I am. You confess your sins to me, isn’t that true? Yes, I do confess my sins to you. I don’t deny or try to hide my sins from you. That would be foolish. I need your forgiveness and cleansing. Yes, you do. You have left your old life of sin behind and are determined to follow and serve me, isn’t that true? Yes, there is nothing I would rather do than follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. You are following and serving me because you love me, isn’t that true? Yes, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I love you because you first loved me. It is my joy to follow and serve you because I love you. That’s very good. You are making it your daily practice to draw near to me as I draw near to you. Every day, you are meeting with me in my word, isn’t that true? Yes, I am drawing near to you to meet with you in your word. I also draw near to you in worship and prayer. You are discovering your spiritual gifts and are using them to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name, isn’t that true? Yes, it is the desire of my heart to fulfill your purposes and accomplish your plans. One day, I want to her you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” That’s great. Are you starting to see why your life is worth imitating? But, I’m not perfect. No, you are not perfect. If you thought you were perfect your life would not be worth imitating. Will you rely on me to make your life worth imitating? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for bringing spiritual leaders into my life to share your word with me. Their witness has encouraged and spurred me on in my faith. Help me to follow their example so I can encourage and spur others on in their faith. Amen
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