Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Lately I’ve been in Paul’s letters, right now in Ephesians and really blown away, so to speak. Powerful stuff which needs to get hold of us; we need to be absorbed in it so that it can be absorbed in us.
At the same time I have to ask, are we really following Paul, living as he did? Of course leaders in the church are to be exemplars in that way, but such a directive is not only to them, but to all of us, to the entire church.
Last night our Archbishop Foley Beach shared the above video. Are we ready to follow if need be even to death? A good question. I know God gives us grace in the moment as needed. But we can’t live a lifestyle antithetical to the cross and then think that when the moment comes to die that we’ll be ready. If we’re to follow the Lord in this life, then we need to follow those who actually follow the Lord. So that we can be examples as well. And above all that the gospel and Jesus might be made known so that all might be saved.
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
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. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.