“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;Text — Ephesians 5:1-7
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour” (Ephesians 5:1,2).
Everyone is looking for who or what to follow. Children try to follow after their parents, teenagers follow or imitate friends and celebrities. Adults also engage in followership of role models, especially in politics and social life. How then can we as Christians decide whom to follow? According to Arthur W. Pink, “The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus.” God perceived our need for instruction and example of way of life expected of us, then He sent us Jesus Christ, our perfect role model (Hebrews 4:15). Following someone other than Jesus is catastrophic. People have ruined their lives here on earth and in eternity because they imitated worldly and ungodly models. That is why Richard of Chichester prayed, “Day by day, dear Lord of Thee three things I pray: To see Thee more clearly, to love Thee more dearly, to follow Thee more nearly.”
Following Jesus entails living and loving like Him whilst letting go of things and practices that may destroy you in the end. The decision to follow Him could bring pain, denial, ridicule, and humiliation like Jesus encountered. However, it will worth it at last.
Jesus Christ; our perfect role model
Live as God’s renewed image bearer in the world.
Prayer for today
Help me Lord to follow Thee more nearly.