1 Corinthians 10:23—11:1
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Cor. 11:1)
Jumping Puddles with Jesus
When we took our five-year-old grandson, Daniel, out to lunch, we decided to visit a bookstore across the parking lot from the café. An afternoon rain made a score of puddles on the path, and Daniel’s umbrella hindered his long-range sight.
“Follow me,” I said, as I stepped ahead and led the way around puddles and through soggy grass. We made it to the bookstore dry and unharmed, because I could see clearly to navigate.
The apostle Paul wasn’t speaking in pride when he told the Corinthian believers to follow his example. His conscience was clear. He knew he was striving to emulate Jesus, and anyone who followed him would be walking in the Lord’s footsteps. Paul’s goal was to win many to Christ, not to show off or gather his own following.
The voices in our world tell us to follow our hearts to find inner peace and guidance. Yet we’ve found that without Jesus, our hearts lead us down paths of egotism and foolishness. Only when we take the Savior’s hand and allow Him to be in charge do we find lasting peace and life. Then we can say with confidence to the lost souls around us, “Follow me.”
As you navigate through the storms of life, are you following the Spirit of Christ’s lead? If so, you can humbly lead others to safety.
Find a couple of people who have lost their way and guide them on the path to Jesus.
Jeanette Levellie is a pastor’s wife, mother, and grandmother from Paris, Illinois. She enjoys public speaking, writing, and spoiling her cats.