Are You Worth Following
1 Corinthians 11:1: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Romans 7:14-15, 24-25: For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. . . . 4 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
I have noticed a strange phenomenon among Christians. Some of them seem to be worth listening to but they are not worth following. Their lives don*t match up with their words. They get the Word of God right but somehow it does not change their lives. They don*t practice what they preach. We need good Christian examples to follow. The Apostle Paul wanted believers to follow him when he was following Christ but he did not want them following him when he was doing what he hated (sin). We are not better than he was. He knew that he was not complete in himself. He knew that he was complete only in Christ and he was thankful for that. Same with us. We are not complete in ourselves. We are only complete in Christ and we should be grateful for that. We should rejoice that He makes us complete.
Colossians 2:10: And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
We should want others to follow us only when we are following Christ. The problem is that we often want others to follow us when we are walking in the flesh. We want them following us at the wrong time and in the wrong direction.
Luke 9:23: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
John 10:27: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
We must follow Christ. When we follow leaders that He has provided and wants us to follow we are following Him. Not only should we follow good Christian examples but we should BE good Christian examples. Whether we know it or not and whether we like it or not, someone is going to follow us. It might be our children. It might be our neighbors and friends and co-workers. The examples we set are seen far and wide.
John 13:15: For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.1 Timothy 4:12: 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.
James 5:10: Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.