"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever."
Summer is flying by so fast! This revelation hit my oldest son the other day when he realized that he hadn't spent much time with his father in the past few months. So, I took him to lunch. He was full of information and wanted to tell me everything at once. During the conversation, however, he got quiet and thoughtful for a second and his normal sports questions stopped. "Daddy," he asked, "who is your role model?" I didn't have to think long. That was an easy one.
I shared with Caleb that my role model was my father. He returned by telling me that I was his. And as I finished my lunch with tears in my eyes Caleb shared why I was his role model. But after he was done, he added one thing. He said, "Daddy, I know that Jesus is my real role model!" That's my boy! At age 10, he understands that his earthly father is a good guy, but his heavenly Father is the ultimate example.
We all have role models in life, we all follow someone's direction. Maybe it is a coach who inspired us to greatness, a teammate who could do it all with grace and strength, or perhaps it is a sibling who showed you how to play the right way. Regardless of who your role model is/was, we all follow someone's example.
The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 11:1, encouraged believers to follow after him because he followed Christ's example. While Jesus Christ should be our ultimate example, we all need godly role models here on earth to help show us the way. Something to think about when you examine your relationships. Who is leading you toward Christ?
1. Who has been an example to you?
2. Where does Christ rank on your role model list?
3. Today, how can you make Christ the ultimate role model in your life?