When I grow up, I want to be just like my mom, dad, my teacher, the coolest celebrity, and the list goes on and on.
In life, we search for that one person we perceive to have the qualities that we hope to gain. We spend a lifetime watching and studying their every move. We shadow these men and women as they go about their daily lives not realizing that our lives are just passing us by. We are amazed by our role models that we have looked past their imperfections and human flaws. In our eyes, they’re not like us, they’re perfect. Food for thought: Could that mean that person is our idol? If that were true, then we have broken the first commandment. Exodus 20:3 says, “thou shalt have no other gods before me. [God’s Ten Commandments can be found in Exodus 20:3-7]
It is so easy for us to fall into this trap because we can easily follow those who we can visibly interact with on a regular basis. Sadly, we forget that we can interact with God regularly without having to see Him. Christ walked the same earth that we do and he was found without sin. Our role models are quite the opposite.
The Bible is a compilation of God’s instructions and the stories of interesting characters throughout history. These men and women lived their lives and made plenty of mistakes. 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 says:
1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
The Bible is a useful resource for us to find examples of a proper Christian lifestyle. However, the one character that has model behavior was and always will be the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 2: 21 says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps. ”
As Christians, we carry the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Therefore we must do as He did. We must care for one another. No one is Master or servant. We can be both. We must go out and teach the nations as He did. We must give to the poor and heal the sick. 1 Timothy 4:12, says “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” We are His publicists. What are you doing to get His word out?
When I grow up, I don’t want to be like my mom, dad, my teacher, the coolest celebrity. I want to be like God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, better known as the Holy Trinity.
Thanks for reading and remember God loves you. Be blessed!