Being An Example Is Not Optional

Posted: March 30, 2011 in bible, books, discipleship, quotes

Although we may already recognize that God himself is our example to imitate (Eph. 5:1) and that Jesus is our perfect example for a human life pleasing to God (1 Pet. 2:21; 1 Jn. 2:6; etc.), we are probably surprised to find how often the early Christians expected all their leaders to live in a way which others could imitate as well: they did not have to be perfect in order to be examples to the flock.  Paul frequently urged others to imitate his example (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 4:9; 2 Thes. 3:7-9), and told both Timothy (1 Tim. 4:12) and Titus (Tit. 2:7-8) that they were to live as examples of the Christian life to others (cf. Heb. 6:12; 13:7).

Thus all in leadership positions in the church should realize that the requirement to live a life worthy of imitation is not optional – it is a major part of the job, challenging though such responsibility may be.

– Wayne Grudem, 1 Peter, p. 189-190.

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