Paul said: Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Cor 11:1)
Paul is talking here about the way he did things, about the things that he put his energies into, about the way he tackled the problems he faced in life. His encouragement was to be like him in the inner man. But Paul was humble and knew that he must reflect Jesus in all that he thought, said and did. Just like Paul we need to follow the example of Christ –
- Christ knew that the thinking of this world was not in line with the thinking of his Father – he taught a completely upside down gospel – love your enemies, lay down your life, be last not first. He had his eyes on the eternal things.
- Christ’s will was in complete alignment with his Father’s – His own words tells us this: Not my will but Thine be done. The book of John tells us over and over again that all he did was the will of his Father.
- Christ showed us godly character – he was compassionate, patient, bold, cautious, available, and had endurance. He interacted with people who were selfish, proud, and thankless and yet he wept out of compassion for them. He found himself in trying situations, he became exhausted and frustrated and yet he always responded out of love.
When we are teaching and training our children’s hearts (their beliefs, character, emotions, will, and passions) we need to be able to say to them – follow my example. We can only say that, if our heart reflecting Jesus’ heart.