Lately, modeling has been on my mind. No, I'm not talking about walking the runway. I'm talking about the practice of portraying your best behavior to those that surround you. Just recently, I was riding with gentlemen for the first time, and as we came to a stop along the trail, he asked me about a little maneuver I did. I wish I could tell you it was something amazing, but it wasn't. He wanted to know how I pulled my front wheel up to allow the rear wheel to roll over the rocks and roots. This maneuver is called a Manual. While it's not the most amazing trick to do its effectiveness can pay dividends throughout the ride. Minimizing that amount of "jarring" helps preserve your arm strength.
Something that seems familiar, or second nature to you, can mean something important to another person. Modeling these common everyday maneuvers helps people see new ways to accomplish things. Discipleship is all about modeling Christ. You can hand your disciple a handbook, but walking alongside someone and showing them how to live as Christ did will significantly impact them. Be there for them as they attempt these practices, hold them accountable, and catch them if they fall.
As a new father and husband, I want to make sure I'm putting my best foot forward. I want to make sure that my daughter and wife feel that their father and husband are leading them in a manner that honors God, further's His kingdom, and brings Him glory. I'm not saying I'm perfect. Far from it if you ask me, but I believe modeling Christ is the key component to furthering His kingdom and bringing him glory.
Here are some passages on modeling. We encourage you to read the whole chapter for each passage:
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.
1 Thessalonians 1:7
And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.
2 Thessalonians 3:9
We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.
We encourage you to take a hard look at your life. Are you modeling Christ to those around you - work, neighbors, classmates, friends, families, etc.? If someone was to ask about you, would those around you mention that you embody Christ? In the passage from 1 Thessalonians, they mention how they model Christ so well they didn't have to say anything about it (1 Thessalonians 1:8-9). Words are one thing, but actions speak volumes!
Thanks and God Bless!
PC: David Wildman - exploring Paris Mountain State Park South Carolina. A beautiful lake found on the backside of the mountain if you dare to make the trek to it!