Monkey See, Monkey Do

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 3:17-19

Do as I say, not as I do! Have you ever heard that expression? How motivated are you to follow anyone who tells you to do one thing that she cannot do? Many of the so-called leaders in our culture are chasing after earthly things. There was an expression back in the 1970’s that went, “If it feels good, do it.” Many of our leaders have followed this slogan to their own destruction. Their god has been their appetites, wild passions and useless pleasures.

I once heard a famous NBA basketball player say after punching another player during a game, “Hey, I never asked to be a role model.” But the fact remains, whether we ask to be or not, we are role models. Paul urges us to follow his example closely. Who of us is living so as to be a role model that all can follow? This really hit home for me when I became a father and realized how much my own kids are watching me. If I am to lead the way for my kids in Christ I must set the first example.

written by Brian Telzerow


Lord, help me to live the way you want me to live, according to your purposes. Amen.