Paul’s invitation is a daunting one in 1 Corinthians 11:1 when he writes “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ” or as the NIV says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
In other aspects of life, it is perfectly acceptable to have a role model. We look up to athletes, movie stars, historical figures, family, friends, professors. But for some reason, when it comes to faith, we shy away from the role model / imitation / follower concept. Why?
Maybe we’re worried about putting people on a pedestal…after all the news is full of fallen Christian superstars. (How we [don’t] forgive these leaders is a whole other post…)
While these dramatic falls from grace should be a concern, at the core, I think we are worried about allowing people access to our lives at such a deep level. But the truth leaders is that information is not enough for discipleship.
Listen to Jo Saxton explain why:
Like Jo says in the video, it’s easy to lead from a distance…but when you get up close you can see the spots…in our character, in our relationships, in our finances.
This kind of up-close and personal life access may seem daunting, but it is the only way to help others be disciples of Jesus in their whole lives. If they see how you are listening and responding to God in your life, that is something they can imitate.