Don’t go doing what the Jones’ do

Some time back before Covid-19 came on the scene, in the earlier chapters of the book of Acts, we were discussing our influences that may have brought us to know Christ. Some of us may fondly recall those influences and for some, it might be a little more difficult. Nevertheless, I am glad you are here.

Hebrews 13:7,17-18 discusses the leader aspect. It starts by saying, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

Over the years growing up I’ve had a few good spiritual leaders. Beginning with my dad and my mom, all the way up to now, with my current pastor. Do you remember the old saying of “do as I say, but not as I do”? I think this scripture holds true to that, all be it, a little more intuitive. The part of the scripture that resonates with me is the last part when it says to “consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Notice it did not say to imitate their way of life. It said to consider the outcome of their way of life. But rather to imitate their faith. That’s very powerful right there.

Each of us as individuals (family units) have our very own unique way of life, so our outcome will be totally different. So don’t go doing what the Jones’ do because you might end up someplace different. But imitating their faith, providing that their faith is in Christ, is a whole other ball game. That is what’s going to take you where you need to be at.

The greatest spiritual leader ever is Jesus Christ. We could never imitate his physical life as we would not go through what He went through for us. But his faith in God the Father resonates all too well with us as we can see and know what the outcome of that is eternal life. Think about that for a few moments.
Pray for your spiritual leader today.
How is your walk with the Lord today?

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