A role model is a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated. In 1 Corinthians 11:1 BSB, the Apostle Paul said, “You are to imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” Paul not only taught this doctrine so that the people would believe, but he showed them by example, how they were supposed to live.
Someone is always watching us. We are being watched in our homes, on our jobs, in school, at the doctor’s office or grocery store, and in our houses of worship. So whether we choose to do so or not, we are always influencing someone for good or for bad because we are continually being watched.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT says, “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” People should be imitating us only if our lives are becoming more like Christ. The Lord is going to hold every one of us accountable to Him for the kind of example we set before people.
Jesus Christ is our perfect Example. He has always been our perfect Example and He always will be. We should imitate the actions and conduct of men and women, therefore, only if their actions line up with Scripture and only if their actions are like those of Christ.
What do people see when they observe our life? Do they see Christlikeness? Are we a good example for our children to imitate, or our spouse, co-workers, friends, and associates, who may trust in the Lord but are immature or young in their faith? Someone is always watching us. If we cause someone to stumble because of our actions or because of something we said, Christ said that, it would be better for us to have a large millstone hung around our neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea (Matthew 18:6).
Paul told Timothy in 1Timothy 4:12: “… Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” Timothy was probably about 40 years old when Paul told him this. Paul knew that if Timothy were to lead his flock, he could not put anything in their way that would be a stumbling block to them. Timothy was to be a pattern – an example for the believers to imitate. Paul cautioned Timothy that someone was always going to be observing his life.
Brothers and sisters, someone is always observing our life, too. We must always watch what comes out of our mouth—in our word and conversation. We must always walk in love, no matter what persecution comes our way. Christ already told us that those who desire to live a godly life will face persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). We’re called to be faithful in our attendance at church, in prayer, in our ministries, in studying the Word. We’re called to be pure, to walk in holiness. When we are around the opposite sex, we should govern ourselves according to the Scriptures, not according to the world.
Just like Paul, we want to be able to say, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” If we can’t say those words with assurance in our heart, we need to work on those areas in our life that would cause someone to stumble. Someone is always watching us. We will either influence them for Christ or send them in the other direction. As Christians, we want to be witnesses for Christ!
Authored by Pastor Brenda Dziadaszek