I would never set myself up as an example to follow, if it was my choice. I understand that I am a role model, and many of the youth at my church, and my niece and nephew look up to me. But honestly, I am NOT the best person to be looked up too. I screw up a lot. I do things I shouldnt, and quite frankly, I don’t feel that I have lived up to my full potential. But regardless, there are still people who look up to me. I was thinking about this the other day, when I thought of these certain verses, in Philippians:
“Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:17-21 NIV
So literally Paul says: “Hey, why don’t you follow me, because I’m following God.” How bold of a statement is that? Can you imagine? Just at the point I am in my life right now, I could never imagine saying that to anybody. If you did what I did, you would: 1. Have a job that you hate. 2. Have been let down by a job you were promised but never received. 3. Be single at 27. 4. Feel sick to your stomach every night, thinking about what your life has become.
I strive to get to that point, where I can say do what I’m doing, because I’m following Christ. I work towards that. I want to have that relationship with Jesus. I want to live him, breathe him, and seek Him with my whole heart. But really, is there anybody who can say that these days? I don’t know of anybody who could. Pastors? Not many, if any. Jesus didn’t stay cooped up in his house, writing notes, and coming up with jokes for his sermons. Christian church goers? Yeah right. I don’t know of anybody who could.
What does that say about our testimony outside of church. We will be the only Jesus some people ever see. Our testimony has to fit accordingly. If people see us, knowing we’re Christians, and we do anything other than what the Bible commands; we are doing more damage than good.
Let’s focus on Jesus first.
Let’s get back to doing what we are called to do.
Let’s be the light in the darkness.
Let’s be that person that people can follow.