ROLE MODELS

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:17-21

“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have seen in us.” (Philippians 3:17)

We all have role models — people we admire and want to be like. The problem is that many people have the wrong role models. We may want to be like wealthy, successful people, athletes, “cool” people, the bold and the beautiful of the world. The problem with role models like these is that they represent the wrong kind of values. We tend to get impressed with the famous, wealthy, powerful, and successful people of the world.

Paul warned the Philippians about having wrong role models and pointed them to the right ones. He said, “join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” He was saying that we all need to have godly role models, those who live a Christ-like, gospel-centered life. Such people may not be the “coolest” people in the world. They may not be wealthy, powerful or successful in the eyes of the world. But they are imitators of Christ.

Our ultimate role model is Jesus Christ. We are to pattern our lives after Him. We are to follow His example. Read the four gospels again. Observe how He treated people, what His priorities were, and how He lived a life of humility and servanthood.

When we follow Christ, we can become godly role models as well. We can say with Paul, “Join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.”

Lord Jesus, thank You for the people You have placed in my life to be role models of godliness. Most of all, thank You for being the ultimate role model for me. Let me be like You. Let me follow Your example and live a life of humility and servanthood.

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One thought on “ROLE MODELS

  1. Drenner Tinsley says:

    Some of my role models
    Harry Tinsley
    Smith Barnette
    Frank Barnes
    Willie Stephenson
    Jimmy Hambright
    Shelton Sanford

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