Can you name one woman (or girl) who seems to have it all together spiritually? She always seems to be happy or content with the way things are. When bad things happen in her life, she handles the situation with such grace that you can’t help but look up to her for it. She just has this quality about her that radiates confidence and love. Chances are we all know someone like this.
Whether you are a new Christian or not, it’s nice to have a role model. Someone to look up to. Someone to go to when you need help or just need to talk. Someone who does their best to model their life after the teachings of Christ and remain graceful in all situations. Having a Christian role model can be extremely helpful in your Christian walk. But be sure they are mature, someone who has had “their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Heb. 5:14).
Having a Christian role model is something we can see affirmed in the Bible. The apostle Paul understood just how important it is to have Christian role models. He instructs us to be “imitators of [him], as [He is] of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). When Paul, or any other Christian for that matter, is imitating Christ, they can become a practical example for us to follow. He also wrote to “join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us” (Phil. 3:17).
How can we know who is imitating Christ? Of course, we must be careful to FIRST model our life after Christ’s example, because no human can be a perfect example (Rom. 3:23). We are instructed to let our speech “always be gracious, seasoned with salt.” (Col. 4:6) The salt referred to is the word of God. If we read and know God’s word, we will be able to tell the difference between an average good person and a Christian.
It’s so true that we do all sin and all have struggles, but we also have the power to lift each other up and support one another. Christians are repeatedly instructed to be a unified, loving body of members throughout scripture. Paul wrote to “comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Cor. 13:11). We are all members of one body, the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27). When we are a unified body of Christ, then we can look to one another for help and guidance.
Just as having a Christian role model helps you, you can also strive to become the type of Christian someone else can look up to. Strive to live a holy and pure life. Strive to remain graceful in all situations. And always look out for other Christians, as there are Christians who are looking out for you. Jesus said “just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples” (John 13:34). Can others looks at you and see that you’re a disciple by the way you live?