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Role Models

When it comes to sports — we do it. In business — we do it. In almost every field of endeavor, we look for role models. We try to find others who have been successful, and then we imitate them. God's word tells us to do the same thing in spiritual matters.

The best role models are found right in the Scriptures. Jesus is the ultimate example: "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps" (1 Peter 2:21). Other great heroes of faith serve as good role models, too. Paul urged us to be "followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (1 Cor. 11:1). Hebrews chapter eleven is full of examples of faithful men and women who serve as worthy patterns for us to imitate.

Beyond these 'champions' of the Bible, let us suggest that we can also look to our own brethren. In any church there are faithful, zealous, devoted Christians who are working hard to live for the Lord. They resist temptation, spread the word, encourage others, and generally work tirelessly to do His will. Look to them. Imitate them. Paul encouraged this approach: "Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample" (Philippians 3:17).

We know this method works in the material world. We look for 'winners' and we imitate them. Let's do the same thing when it comes to our most important endeavor &md serving God!

Who are your role models? Why?

Have you thanked them?

Do you have a godly character that can serve as a role model to others?