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Topic: Example (07/25/13)
TITLE: Who Will You Follow
By Barbara Caldwell
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1 Corinthians 11:1 states , “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” (King James Version) These are the words of Paul, but there are many other biblical characters who are great examples to pattern ourselves after. Our greatest example to follow is Jesus Christ. This should be the ultimate goal of every Christian.
Besides Jesus Christ, what are some other powerful life-changing examples for us to follow? There are many who have shined a bright light to guide us through this journey of life. Even though I’m sharing positive examples at this time, we can also learn from the negative. Negative examples keep us from making the same mistakes.
There are three biblical characters that touched me greatly. They have also caused me to examine my own life. I desire to be more like them as I grow deeper in my walk with Christ.
The first person that comes to mind is Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was asked to do what no other woman would do. She gave birth to Jesus after an immaculate conception. Mary was blessed and highly favored of God. Her life proves that God can do extraordinary things in the lives of ordinary people. Mary proved her trust and obedience to God by her acceptance to be a vessel by which Jesus would enter this world. We should all be willing to obey God no matter what the case may be.
The second person I desire to be more like is another Mary, who is the sister of Lazarus. She is a great example of how we should give our full attention to God no matter what else is going on around us. While Mary’s sister Martha complained about Mary’s lack of assistance with house chores, which included food preparations for their guest Jesus, Mary sat at his feet and learned from him. We should not be so busy with the details of this life that we neglect spending quality time with Jesus.
The last person to be included as a great example is Job. In the face of adversity Job triumphed through his trials. He was a perfect and upright man who feared God. Job lost all his children, his flocks, his possessions, and lastly his health. God permitted Satan to ruin Job’s health, but he was asked to spare his life. Through all the difficulties that Job faced, he remained faithful to God. The story of Job can give anyone courage to stand firm in the midst of hardships.
Example after example, we see men and women of the Bible living victoriously, through God and His Son Jesus Christ. As you read through the Bible, take your choice. There are many examples to follow. We should study them and apply them to our own lives.
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