Modeling Christ


Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ.–1 Corinthians 11:1

We, as Christians, need to model Christ and show people what life is all about. Life is not all about taking, getting, receiving, or taking advantage of opportunities that are presented to you, but life is also about helping and serving others. Jesus did some things in the course of His ministry strictly to show the disciples why He was here, what His mission was, and He said, “Let this be an example to you.” He washed their feet so they would understand what He was doing and why and what they were supposed to do as well. I think that role modeling was an important part of His ministry. Our job as Christians is to be that role model for those around us. That’s where you should get all of your satisfaction—from knowing that you have helped someone.
1. Name some athletes after whom you try to model yourself. What characteristics are most appealing to you and why?
2. What are some of the characteristics Jesus displayed while He lived on earth? What are some of the challenges in trying to model your life based on those characteristics?
3. Why do you think Paul challenged the believers to imitate him as he imitated Christ? What might be some of the benefits of modeling Christ for others?

Extra Reading: John 13:1-17; 1 Peter 2:19-25

Lord, help me know the character of Jesus. Let Your Holy Spirit give me strength and understanding so that I might model that character for those around me. Amen.