Who is your role model? We all have them. I remember in high school I tried to mimic the way Michael Jordan walked because I wanted “to be like Mike.” Clearly, God had plans for me other than basketball. While there was no harm in that childhood fantasy, there is significance in who we choose as role models in our life. Who we try to emulate matters.
I could tell stories of people like Dr. William E. Brown or Dr. Don Wilhite who have impacted my life. I could share examples of how my dad has been a role model for me. No matter those stories, they all fall short. Regardless of the person, a human will fail us. That being said, the idea of modeling our life after someone is natural and does point us in the right direction.
When we look at 1 Peter 1:13-25, we are encouraged to ultimately build our life around Jesus being the role model we emulate. His holiness. His love. His conduct provided a model life for us to follow. While we will never achieve, we have before us an example of how life should be lived. We are provided His written Word which describes Him in great detail so that we can better analyze and emulate the love of Jesus in our conduct.
Be encouraged this week to strive every day to model Christ in your character and show Christ in your conduct. In doing so, you can point others to Him as you follow His example. At the end of the day, isn’t that how Paul lived his life, as described in 1 Corinthians 11:1?