By: Tim Sader
1 Peter 2:21
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
The world as we knew it seemed to be falling apart in 2008 with the financial collapse of the economy in America. Shortly after President Obama took office there was talk of reevaluating our current health care system. God placed a burning in me during this time for the church to rise up and do health care the way He wants it done. The way of this world should be different from how the church does things. His ways are higher than ours and we have access to know His perfect way in doing things. The spirit of God has renewed our minds through believing in Christ so we should get busy doing thing how He shows us to. No one believer can do it all but by bring together all the pieces and following Him we will get things right when we do them. Early in 2009 I had a dream of all different flocks of birds gathering in a city for a festival in honor of them. The city looked like Charlotte, NC but it represented the Kingdom of God in the World. The flocks were different congregations gathering together to receive the honor together. The streets were barricaded and people gathered around looking intently at the unity of the birds. The people were seeking answers to something and the birds had the answer. The unity of the birds was impressive and what they were doing the people wanted to do it to. These birds were setting an example about how things should be done and the world was showing them honor for it.
The church is where the world looks for spiritual answers. We set the example for them to follow. Are we being the best example we can be? In most cases churches have more problems than solutions yet alone us coming together to be an example to the world. This must change! Christ came and set the example for us on how to live our lives pleasing to God. He taught us to not think of ourselves better than anyone but to be the servant of all (John 13:15). As we follow the example of Christ others should follow our example (1 Corinthians 11:1). Are we showing them Christ or Self? Showing the world Christ’s way is not easy but it is necessary if we want them to see Him. We must sacrifice self by not following the desires of the flesh just as Christ sacrificed Himself for us all. To do this we must walk in love and follow the example we been given (Ephesians 5:1-2). If we will follow the steps of Christ He will guide us in showing the world what is right. As Christians we all have a circle of influence be it five people or five million and we set the example for them. We are their model for Godly living. By watching us they get their ideas of what it means to be a Christian. Are we being a good example? Hopefully the answer is yes because their eyes are on us and those who live like we live so we should look a lot like Jesus (Philippians 3:17). Part of knowing the Lord is ministering to others. Those we influence are the flock we been called to watch over. We might be birds in a larger flock under the care of those who minister to us but we must be the example to those who we influence. We do this by serving them so in turn they will learn to be servants to the ones they will be examples to (1 Peter 5:2-3). Christians are the birds and we shepherd the flocks of man. They are looking for answers that can only be given by us being an example of how God wants things to be.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16