Friday, July 5, 2013

Examples




Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. Philippians 3:17



Today I said, “goodbye” to an amazing man of God today.  He has now joined the “great cloud of witnesses” that have gone on ahead.  So, what made him amazing? Was it his job?  No, it wasn't his job; he worked in a machine shop.  Then perhaps, it was that he had money.  No, He may have had some money, but he certainly was not rich by anyone’s standards.  He had no power or influence according to how the world measures significance.  So what was it about him that made him stand out?  Well, in the time I knew him, I never heard him say an unkind word to anyone.  I never heard him talk about others behind their back.  When things went wrong, I never saw him lash out in anger at those around him.  He was always ready to do whatever needed to be done in the church.  He just did whatever needed to be done without complaining.  He made it a point to read his Bible through every year.  As far as I know he was still doing that till the day he went home.  He was 97.  I know he wasn't perfect, but he had the fragrance of Christ.  I want to follow his example; I pray one day, when it’s my turn to join the ones waiting at the finish line that others will say these things of me also.  Paul often encouraged his readers to “follow his example”.  What about you?  Are there Godly people in your life whose example you can follow? I encourage you to surround yourself with Godly men and women who lead Christ like lives and follow their example; in character and conduct.