“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
I’ve been meditating on this scripture this week as I have been exploring ways to be more like Jesus in my home with my children. As they become more aware of my actions and my attitudes, I want to be sure and set an example that is pleasing to Jesus. I also want my children to know that it’s because of Jesus that I am choosing different behaviors and attitudes.
Ask God, and He provides, right? Right.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7
“Just as you were taught…”
Do you ever feel like God elbows you in the ribs? “Missed you in class today, Kallay.” That’s what this felt like. It was a reminder for me that as I continue to study the Word, my knowledge of Him grows, and as my knowledge grows, I am able to better share that knowledge with others, namely, my children. For you it may be neighbors, relatives, classmates, coworkers, etc. but the principle is the same.
So how do we set an example for our children and others around us?
Here are three simple steps:
1. Read God’s Word - Whether you use the SOAP method (more on this in another post), a daily journal, or just sit down with a (hopefully hot) cup of coffee and read for 15 minutes daily, spending time in God’s Word is invaluable to you. Choose a book and work through it. Work your way through the Gospels. Start at the beginning of the Bible and read in its entirety. You have to know to grow. Jesus was in His Father’s Word daily. If we are to “come to the Father only through Him,” then why not emulate His daily practices?
2. Pray - Jesus prayed constantly. The Bible mentions the phrase “as was His custom” many times when speaking of Jesus’ habits. Prayer was one of His habits. He thanked His Father, sought Him in all things, and was faithful in doing so. Habits are things we do without even thinking. Jesus didn’t have to set a timer on His sundial as a reminder to pray, He just prayed. His relationship with the Father was such that He was in constant communication with Him.
3. Discipleship - Teach others what you have learned, and do it with love. Jesus was passionate about sharing His Father with others. It’s what He was created for. As Christians, we are automatically hypocrites because we are imperfect people preaching perfection. Do it anyway. Jesus can use you in your imperfection. Hearts are changed through loving conversation about His grace and truth.
Trying to act like Jesus will fail you. Jesus was perfect and blameless and He was born to be a Savior. You were not. You were created to tell others about HIS perfection, not your own. However, following in His footsteps by developing His habits and customs in your own life will create an authentic imprint of Jesus on your heart and your life. Your authentic self will be like Jesus without having to fake it and the example you carry with you will be one of incredible grace and love.