Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)
That is quite a thought. That is difficult for me to wrap my mind around. What is quite a thought? What is difficult for you to wrap your mind around? Thinking of myself as an example for others to follow is not something that I have considered. It would have never occurred to me. It would have never entered my mind. Oh sure, I have thought about being a good example or not setting a bad example. This thought is way beyond that thought. How so? Being an example for others to follow is quite a responsibility. I’m not sure that I am up to the assignment. That’s good. That’s good? Yes, that is good. Why is that good? You will never in and of yourself be an example worthy of following. On your own, your life will never be worthy of imitating. That’s what I thought. It is good that you are ready, willing and able to admit that in and of yourself and on your own, your life is not worth following. I couldn’t agree more completely. But you are not on your own. You are not setting yourself up as an example to follow. You are loving, following and serving me. You are seeking to live the life I lived. You want to imitate me in all that you think and say and do. Yes, I do. With all my heart and mind and soul and strength I want to love and follow and serve you. Isn’t that worth imitating. Isn’t that goal and aren’t those desires in you worth following? Without a doubt, that goal and those desires are worth imitating and following. That is a great start.
There is more. What more is there? I am doing a work in you. I am molding and shaping you. You are the work of my hands. I am making you into my masterpiece. I am changing your heart and transforming your mind. My spirit lives and dwells inside of you. My life is living in and through you. You are a light for me in the darkness of this world. You are not just a little light either. No, it is my intent that you will shine like a star in the universe for me. Will not the work I do in you be something worthy of following? Can I not make you an example worth imitating? Can I not use your life to point others to me? Lord, you can do all things. Nothing is impossible with you. Then your life, as you follow me, will be a shining example for others to follow. I welcome all that you want to do in and through me. Make me an example for others to follow. Yes, I will.
Lord, I will follow your example. I will think like you thought. I will speak like you spoke. I will live like you lived. Help me to follow your example. Help me to imitate you. Help me to set an example for others to imitate because I am loving and following you. Amen
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