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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Our perfect Role Model

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Looking up to Jesus , the author and the finisher of our faith - Hebrews 12:2.

We need to be careful as believers how we go about setting up role models for ourselves especially in the body of Christ. Why do I say this? Well for the simple reason that a number of believers in the process of looking up to their role models or father figures in the Lord, have taken their eyes completely off the one to whom they should really be looking up to.

In so doing, they now appear not to know what manner of character or virtue they ought to apply to arrive at this decision , and this is the character of Jesus the author and the one who perfects of our faith.

 

There is a culture that seems to be rife in the body of Christ and it did not begin today, it is the culture of looking up to men and women who have done so much in the body of Christ for role models or spiritual father figures.

This culture has been taken to the level where people will even ask that the spirit of such people or the anointing that is upon such people be transferred unto them. Many would go to a great length to have these men and women of God lay their hands upon them while hoping for transference of the spirit that is at work in these people to them.

 

They do so by citing instances that were recorded in the bible, such as what transpired between Elijah and Elisha. In addition to this example we also have the instance when Moses whom the bible told us, transferred the unction that was upon him to the elders. While we can see the biblical foundation upon which the culture seems to have grown from, we still need to be careful as believers in order not to get sheepishly caught up on the wrong side of the trend as many have done at a great cost.

 

We need to ask the following questions, at what point does a role model become fit enough to be seen as one? What are the qualities that qualifies anyone in the body of Christ to be seen as such and to remain a role model worthy of emulation? And at what point does a role model stop being one? What are the parameters that should be used to validate someone who qualifies to be seen as role model in the body of Christ?

 

Why do I ask these questions? Well I am asking them on the basis of the sad events that I see daily unfolding in the body of Christ and because of those who have been led astray by these sad events. I have raised these issues because of the unfortunate people, whose faith have been destroyed, a tragedy that could have been prevented if only they have the answers that these questions set out to address.

 

The scripture implores all believers to look up to one person and one person alone, Jesus;

 

Looking up to Jesus , the author and the finisher of our faith - Hebrews 12:2.

 

Does that mean that having role models in the body of Christ is wrong? Far from it, but we need to understand why we look up to anyone as someone worthy of emulating. We need to understand that it is how they have been able to imitate Christ in their daily living that we too should strive to emulate. When we look up to them, it is the life of Christ as it fully manifest and works through them that we should strive to emulate. It is how they have been able to live for Christ while dying to self and being alive to Christ that we should strive to emulate.

We should be able to see the spirit of Jesus alive and actively at work in them, because whatever exploits they are doing for the body of Christ, it is being made possible through the spirit of Christ that is at work in them. It is Christ who called them and gave them the authority to serve in whatever ministry they have been called into.

 

So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. - 1 Corinthians 3:7.

 

The danger here is when we lose track of this important point and become attracted to their charisma and personality while being oblivious to the fact that these models have stopped emulating Christ in their respective lives. It was in the light of this that Paul gave the following warnings to the body of believers, warning us all to take note of their lifestyles, not with the aim of judging anyone, but more for our own good. We are being warned for our benefit because of the potential danger that lies in wait for the unsuspecting victims;

 

Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for pattern. For many walk of whom I have told you so often and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ - Philippians 3:17 ,18.

 

What is the warning here, well that there are some who walk in the body of Christ, as though they were enemies of Christ. The warning here is that there are those who are anti Christ in their conduct, whose way of life is a contradiction to everything, Christ, represents and everything, that he died for.

 

I want you to know that when Paul asked the Church to follow in his example and to emulate his deeds, his statement did not end there, he closed off the statement by adding 'In the same way that he had emulated Christ'

 

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. -1 Corinthians 11:1.

 

Here we see Paul state clearly why anyone should deem it necessary to imitate him in the first place and in the same vein he let it be known the parameters that should be used to evaluate the process. The parameters are simple; imitate the life of Christ that you see in me. Why Christ? Well we find the answers from the scriptures;

 

Looking up to Jesus , the author and the finisher of our faith - Hebrews 12:2.

 

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. - 1Corinthians 3:11.

 

 

You see, he is the one who paid the price for the faith that we have inherited, he is the one who obtained the glory which we have been called to become a partaker of, he is the one who by his suffering and death obtained for us the grace that we have come into. He is the one who left us with the instructions to keep, he is the one who left us with the pattern of life to strive to emulate and he is the only true Shepherd worth following. It is through,him that we have obtained every promise that our Salvation is making available to us. He sets the standard, he is the head, and he is the Lord. His words and commands alone we have been called to obey. It is his nature that we came into when we became born again, it is his death we were baptised into, and in his resurrection we have put our hope that death is not the end of our journey, it is the eternal life that he bestows upon the redeemed that we rest our hope for eternity on.

It is in his image that we are being transformed on a daily basis and not the image of anyone else.

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. - 2 Corinthians 3:18.

Although we need the examples of those who are the shepherds to show us what these attributes are and how they have been able to imbibe them into their own daily lives, the truth of the matter is that our perfect role model in no one else but Jesus the one in whom the fullness of God dwells.

 

It makes a lot of sense therefore to ensure that only Jesus and him alone should we look up to and his character alone we should seek to emulate in whoever we decide look up to as our spiritual father or model in the things of the Lord. I say this because that is the standard demanded from every citizen of God's kingdom.

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Psalm 1:1-2
“[BOOK I Psalms 1?41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

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