Be Still Know
READ: 1 Corinthians 4.16-17 NLT
‘I urge you to imitate me. That’s why I have sent Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of how I follow Christ Jesus, just as I teach in all the churches wherever I go.’
The disciples learnt how to follow Jesus by looking at his example. They saw the way in which he responded to the constant demands of his ministry. They saw his kindness and patience and the way in which he welcomed every kind of person. They were often shocked by the things that he said and by the sort of people that he spent time with. Until now they had steered well clear of prostitutes, tax collectors and people with leprosy but Jesus always seemed to have time for them. As the disciples looked at Jesus, they learnt what it meant to be one of his followers.
Paul wasn’t around at the time of Jesus’ ministry but he recognised the crucial importance of people learning by example, and he offers his life as one to be imitated. How else would people learn how to put Christian teaching into practice? In our verses today he tells the Corinthian church that he was sending his young friend Timothy to them so that he could remind them of Paul’s example.
I suspect that we would all become rather coy at the thought of people copying our example. But the fact is that every day, as we live for Christ, we are being watched. People are looking at the way in which we respond to different situations. They see the way in which we face challenges and celebrate successes. There is no way in which we can hide away, so we need to ensure that every day we are setting a good example which is well worth following.
QUESTIONS: Who will be looking at your life today, and what example will you be setting?
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for all the people who have set a good example for me to follow. Fill me with your Spirit so that I will live a life which will help others to follow you. Amen
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