This morning in our staff meeting we looked at Philippians 3:17 which states
“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us”
As we went on it was talked about how we should imitate those who have gone before us in Christ and model our life after them as they model theirs after Jesus.
I couldn’t help but think about my little boy at home with momma. Picturing the way he will look up at me with his big innocent eyes, dreaming about one day being as tall as me. Basically the way I looked at my dad when I was young.
I remember watching my dad do all sorts of things; just amazed at how good he was at everything! I watched him drive and thought I would NEVER get that good! I watched him play sports and he was always faster and stronger and better then I was. He could always beat me at any game we played if he didn’t let me win.
I kind of strolled off in the middle of devotions mentally and just thought of all those moments I had with my dad. And looked forward to those moments Jacob will have with me.
And then I felt this weight of responsibility immediately push down on me. I felt so inadequate. I began to recount all my failures and shortcomings. All the things that are wrong with my character and my personality; all the times I’ve been lazy and dishonest; all the moments I was selfish and unkind. And I thought “do I really want my son to model his life after mine?!?!?”
And then when I got back to my desk I cracked open the bible and looked at a few verses above. Check it out.
“12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16Only let us hold true to what we have attained.”
I don’t know how many of you have shortcomings in your life; how many of you have someone or many people who model their life after you; how many people your are responsible for. But no matter the number or the stakes, these few verses took that weight off my shoulders. Maybe they will help you too?
Have I failed? Am I awesome? Am I the world’s best dad? Am I the most capable role model? The answer to those is no BTW.
But you know who I am? I am Jacobs’s dad. And that was God BEST plan for his life! Do I know why God designed it that way? NOPE! But do I know its true? YES!
God trusts me to raise my son the right way, with the help of the Holy Spirit and Sarah of course. But God trusts me and has given me the mission of living my life in a way that my little boy can look at and model his after.
I have all the confidence in the world for my life to be a beautiful thing that many people can look at and find some part of it that’s applicable to theirs, as long as I remain in obedience to my Father in heaven. He will guide and lead me, nothing I have is my own doing, and all the good in my life is a gift from Him.
The call to greatness is on each of us friends! We all have someone who is going to look at us and model his or her life after the way we live ours! We are called to make disciples are we not? We are called to be fruitful and multiply are we not? We are called to occupy this world and spread the good news of Jesus Christ are we not?
If you believe that paragraph above then you will have people modeling their lives after you.
Don’t get bogged down in your failures and character flaws. Chase after the good things of God; pursue righteousness and holiness in Jesus. And with the help of the Holy Spirit (and in many cases moms) be awesome dads, be awesome moms! Be awesome leaders! Be great people of influence that are led by Jesus!
WE can make a difference in our world Friends!
God bless! Let me know what you think below!