Follow Our Example

Cecil Martens

READ : 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18

You ought to imitate us . . . (v. 7)

My Dad and Mom were good examples for me to follow. Perfect? No. Good examples? Absolutely! Their deep love for the Lord was obvious, along with their love for the Word as their authority and guide. I also saw their lives of integrity and their commitment to the ministry of the church and to their family . . . I am grateful for them, and for my big brother Jim and my brother-in-law Hank as well.

We have heard a lot about mentoring in recent years, one person committed to influencing and teaching another person. Think of Jesus investing his life in his disciples. The apostle Paul saw himself as an example for others. Listen to his instruction: “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). Perfect? No. A good example? Absolutely! Paul had a quality of life in Christ that he knew was authentic and a lifestyle that was honestly consistent. His total life was centered in Christ, and what he knew was the Lord’s will for his life.

Think of someone who has impacted your life. And how about you-are you setting a Christlike example that others could imitate?

PRAYER

Father, thank you for good examples who have influenced my life for good. Help me to be a good example to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.