TO THE BIBLE: 1 Peter 2:21-22 MSG
“This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss.”
God never told us to follow or make some celebrities our examples, because He already told us in His Word whom to emulate: “Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]” (Ephesians 5:1 AMP). So, we’re to copy Jesus and emulate His lifestyle.
In addition, we’re to follow the examples of men and women of faith whose exploits are chronicled for us in the Word: “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct” (Hebrews 13:7). He wants you to be inspired by those who have taught you the Word of God, and have prevailed through the same Word.
Follow their examples of faith. It’s part of the reason we share testimonies of our faith exploits so God’s people can be built up, edified and strengthened in their faith-life. For example, we lay hands on the sick because that’s what the Word says we should do, and more so, we see such remarkable examples from the Lord Himself (Matthew 4:24). We’re doing the same today in the mighty and matchless Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and countless testimonies abound. Many are being healed, and many others, who have seen such faith-filled ministrations on TV, the internet, or through our publications, have had their faith stirred for the miraculous! We’re merely following His steps. Let Christ be your hero and example; emulate Him in all things, and live solely for Him.
Go Deeper: Hebrews 10:38; Hebrews 11:32-35
Dear Father, I thank you for faith that’s inspired in me as I study your Word. I’m motivated and challenged by the examples of Christ, the Apostles, and the Patriarchs of faith in the Bible; and I’m fully persuaded that my faith will prevail as I put it to work today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Mark 16, Deuteronomy 1-2
Matthew 22:34-46, Exodus 23
In what way do you intend copying the Lord Jesus today? Write it down here.