Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
The Bible is full of examples of how to live our lives. We have examples for almost every different type of situation that we can be faced with. We have an example of Abraham and his unwavering faith. We have an example from Job for how to be faithful through trials that come in our lives, and of course, our perfect example is Jesus Christ. Years ago a saying became popular, and that was “What would Jesus do?” The idea for that saying came from a verse in I Peter, which said, “to this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example so you can follow in his steps.” Christ is the perfect example to follow because he lived a perfect life.
Another great example that we read about in the Bible is the Apostle Paul. He showed a great example to all those he was around, in fact he was able to instruct the Corinthians to imitate him as he imitates Christ. Paul set out and strived to be a good example.
Just getting out of the driveway is a major feat during a bad snow or ice storms. I heard a story of a man who used his seven-year-old son’s baseball bat to smash the slick coat of ice on his driveway. He got cold and went inside for a cup of coffee before attempting to clear the car. Several minutes later, his son, who had been outside with him, came in. “Dad,” he said, “I got the ice off the car.” “How did you do that?” his father asked.
“Same way you did,” the boy shrugged, “with the baseball bat.”
We must set a good example for people to follow, so they can see Christ living un us. People should see an example from us as Christians that we are different from the world. We think differently, we talk differently, we act differently, and we view others differently. We show through our examples what it means to be a Christian. Our lives are an example that people will follow, both to non-Christians and to Christians.
Paul was a person who had real struggles and real difficulties in life. He wasn’t given a special gift by God to be a better Christian. He was simply a real person living out the best he could what he believed. He showed a great example not just in what he said, but also in how he lived his life. We too should be an example in how we live.