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)
That is a thought I never thought I would think. What’s that? What thought did you never think you would think? I would have never thought that any life other than yours would be worthy of imitating. Why is that? You are the only one that is without sin. We are all broken. We are all imperfect. We all take missteps. We all make mistakes. We all sin. Yes, that is true. But I haven’t yet fully stated the full thought I thought I would never think. Go ahead, I’m listening. You have brought leaders into my life that proclaimed the word of God to me. My life has been profoundly changed by what I have heard and seen in the faithful leaders you have brought into my life. How so? They hungered for your word. They proclaimed your word. They lived their lives of faith according to your word. Yes, they did. Their lives have been well worth remembering, considering and imitating. That is true. Just as they hungered for your word, so will I hunger for your word. Just as they proclaimed your word, so will I proclaim your word. Just as they lived a life of faith, so will I live a life of faith. Yes, you will. It seems to me you still haven’t said the thought that you never thought you would think. That is true, I haven’t. It seems to me that you want me to also live a life of faith that is worth remembering, considering and imitating. That is exactly what I want you to do. Why does that seem so impossible? Why does that seem so unlikely? Why is it that you can hardly bring yourself to think and speak those words? Well, as I have said, “I am broken. I am imperfect. I take missteps. I make mistakes. I sin.” Yes, but you are forgiven and cleansed of your sins. You have been given a completely new life to live. You are fully devoted to me. You love me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength. You hunger for my word. You listen attentively to me. You are following me to where I lead you. You are doing what I have given you to do. We agree that you are doing none of these things perfectly. You, nor any of mankind, will ever live a perfect life, except in and through me. You and I and everyone else knows that. So, isn’t your life a worthy example to imitate? If you say so. I say so, do you believe me? Yes Lord, I believe you. That is very good. Keep on loving, following and serving me. Keep on being an example, others can imitate. That is what I will do. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, thank you for bringing faithful leaders into my life to proclaim the word of God to me. They have set a powerful example before me for me to imitate. They hungered for your word. I will hunger for your word. They lived a life of faith. I will live a life of faith. Amen
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