The Perfect Example
By definition, an example is one that serves as a pattern to be imitated. Throughout the Bible there are many examples of persons of impact but there is one that we must look at and follow with great detail. The example that we are to look at is the Perfect Example. That perfect example rest upon the only perfect person to ever walk the face of the earth. The perfect pattern that we are to imitate with our lives is the lifestyle of Jesus. The apostle Paul knew full well that the only perfect example is that of Jesus. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” Paul writes something similar to the church of Philippi, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us” (Philippians 3:17). Paul wasn’t saying that he was the most perfect example to be followed, but he followed Christ who is a perfect example to live by.
When it comes to being a person of impact we can look to Jesus as an example. Being a person of impact/making disciples/mentoring is not something that happens overnight. Jesus spent THREE straight years by the side of His disciples. He spent three YEARS teaching them, training them, loving them, and serving them. When I think of people who have been an impact in my life, I think of people who have been around me for a long time. I think of the people that have battled in the trenches with me. I think of the people that have gone through life with me no matter what I’m going through. I think of the people who have not only taught me, but have taught me by example. Making disciples and being a person of impact takes time and investment.
Jesus did more than just teach and train His disciples. His love and His service was an example for them to follow. In John 13 we read the account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet: “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (John 13:12-15). Jesus lived His life as a perfect example for His followers. His love and service was something that made a lasting, eternal impact on His disciples.
Jesus is the Perfect Example for us to follow. Being a person of impact isn’t something that happens in a moment, it’s more than teaching, its leading by a loving example that we see displayed in the life of Jesus. The impact that we can have in the lives of others is an impact that is found in the example of Christ. Are you imitating the pattern of Christ?
Student Ministries Director