Growing up I loved playing sports. My year was filled with basketball, baseball or football. I played for some good coaches. I listened to their instructions: the proper way to shoot free throws, catch a ground ball or make a tackle. But what helped most was when they showed by example the proper way to do those things; sometimes seeing the way to do it was more effective than hearing the way to do it.
The Bible is filled with instruction for us, but its also filled with examples for us to learn from. The lives of those in Scripture are given to teach us what to do or what not to do.
In First Corinthians 10 Paul begins reviewing the history and actions of the children of Israel. First Corinthians 10:11 says “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
When you read your Bible are you learning by the examples God has given us? Through Noah do you learn to follow by faith? Do the twelve spies teach you about seeing God and not the circumstances? Above all are you following in the steps of Christ?
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps”
– I Peter 2:21
In history when it comes to followers of Christ the Apostle Paul was one of the greatest. As he followed The Lords steps he recognized the duty and privilege he had to lead others to do the same. He simply said in I Corinthians 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Someone once said “You may be the only Bible someone ever reads.” Who are those in your life that are following you as you follow Him? Make the conscious decision to be leader for The Lord!
The Bible is rich with patterns for us to follow. Like a person learning to master a skill in sport we can take the lives of those in Scripture and learn how to live a victorious Christian life. Whose example are you following today?