Making a Good Choice on Who You Follow

I recently posted a blog on sports role models. I pointed out we all have a responsiblity to realize we ARE role models to someone. We should take this seriously. Most of us prefer to criticize those who are doing a poor job at being an example than worry about what our own life is demonstrating to those who watch us.

Today at Waterbrook I taught on someone who was a bad example in Scripture, Abimelech. (You can read his story in Judges 9.) There wasn’t enough time to develop the idea more fully, but we do all have a choice in who we follow. Consider who it is you should be following, and whether they’re the kind of person you want your life to be modeled after. Then, ask whether you’re living the kind of life you want to see relived over an over by those who want to be like YOU?

Here are some more passages from the Bible that speak to this issue. Feel free to share any comments with your response to these verses or thoughts on this topic in general. We’ll start with what I think is a key issue for us in this arena, then share some other verses relevant on who we follow or how we follow or the example we’re to leave behind us as a trail for others to follow. (All verse are New International Version -NIV, unless otherwise noted.)

1 Corinthians 11:1
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

Philippians 3:17
Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-6
(4) For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, (5) because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.  (6) You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 2:8-10
(8) We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.  (9) Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.  (10) You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9
(7) For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, (8) nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. (9) We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.

1 Timothy 1:15-19  (The Message)
Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off—evidence of his endless patience—to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever.
Deep honor and bright glory
to the King of All Time—
One God, Immortal, Invisible,
ever and always. Oh, yes!
I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in.

1 Timothy 4:16  (New Living Translation)
Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

2 Timothy 2:2  (New Living Translation)
You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.


The Unexamined Life and All…
– Jeff


Posted: April 21, 2012 
Filed under: Deep Thoughts with Pastor Jeff, Leadership, Pastor Jeff, Prayer, Spiritual, Waterbrook Bible Fellowship
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