It's been a while since I last blogged. I've been particularly busy in recent weeks with church commitments, work, writing, recording and speaking engagements. Something came up recently that helped me and I thought would be good to share. Before doing anything, one good question to ask is this:
"Is what I'm about to do worthy of imitation?"
In other words, is this a model I would recommend others follow? Can I, with a good conscience, enthusiastically tell someone else to copy my example? If the answer is no, then it's probably a not a good idea to do it, even if the act isn't sinful in itself. This principle is alluded to in passages like 1 Cor. 11:1, where Paul exhorted believers in Corinth, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." (See also 2 Thess. 3:7-9 and Hebrews 13:7)
It seems simple, but it can be difficult to apply, given our tendency to act in sinful or unwise ways without considering either pleasing God vertically or setting an example for men and women horizontally. The sobering reality is that we are all modelling something, whether we realize it or not. The only question is whether it is a good model or a bad one. As we look to Christ, our ultimate example (and not only that, but thank God- our sin-bearing substitute as well!), may His Holy Spirit empower us to live lives that we could without hesitation encourage others to imitate.
grace and peace,