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Following Christ’s Example

1 Corinthians 11:1

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

IMG_0301What excites you? Are you excited about your favorite team?  My Orioles have won 4 straight and are in the second wild card position in the American League.  Which team are you rooting for this year?

If sports don’t excite you – what about the elections that are just a year away? Which candidate strikes your fancy so far? Have you picked a favorite yet? I haven’t. Or are you like some – are you looking for the strongest of a weak list of candidates? Remember not to take your party into the booth when you vote – take your faith instead. Which candidate has the Christian values you support? Who would support abortion or who is for the life of the unborn child for instance? Who is out to protect the environment that God gave us dominion over?  Who stands for Christian values?  Who supports traditional marriage?  There are so many issues that as Christians we should be concerned about and we should search for the candidate who thinks as we do. Have you become excited about the election?

As Christians – yielding our lives to Christ brings about salvation – a free gift. Our daily walk after salvation is to reflect Jesus more and more. Do those around you see Jesus more and more in your life – in our life?  They might be more aware of your support of certain sports teams or politicians than of Christ. What if your children’s salvation depended on how well they could see Jesus in your life? Would that excite you to be more and more like Jesus – to mature or grow up faster in Jesus? Have your parents seen Jesus in you? Has your spouse? Have your co-workers? What if your witness was what was needed for them to yield to Jesus?

The Bible tells a Christian spouse married to an unsaved spouse to remain married to them because their faith will save the unsaved spouse. We know that each person must yield their life to Christ themselves so what could this passage mean? Here it is; 1 Corinthians 7:12-14 – If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.

Since we know that each person must yield their will and their life to Christ this passage must be saying that a person is set aside and made holy (sanctified) through seeing Christ in the believer’s life. Does your spouse see Jesus in you? Could anyone come to know Christ after years of living with you and seeing your example or witness?

Paul was striving to follow Jesus and encouraged others to follow him as he followed Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. Could we be so bold or are we more about saying do as I say not as I do.

Every day we should be seeking ways to grow up more and more in Jesus – to live in the grace that God has showered upon us. We should strive to reflect Jesus more and more so that others may see Jesus in us. We should clean the globes that hide the light of Jesus that is within us. Now that excites me and I pray it does you too.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way!

August 18, 2015 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. When both spouses are believers, each must be strong for the other during his/her times of trial.


    Comment by Steve Noyes | August 18, 2015 | Reply

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