Bible Verse: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:23-11

The famous saying, “Don’t look to me, look to Christ” is not a complete truth. The phrase conveys a half-truth or only one side of the coin. Certainly, Christ is always our focal point, and the one to whom we model our lives after. But, the Bible also talks about the responsibility of the Christian. Consider these passages:

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

The reasons we avoid wanting others to look at us are two-fold:

First, it may be that we have never been truly discipled by another and our walk with God is still in its infancy stage and requiring movement toward maturity. Perhaps we are not yet rooted in our faith through the disciplines of spending time with God through reading His Word, memorizing scripture, prayer and sharing our faith.

A second reason we avoid wanting others to look at us is because we may have become very laid back in our personal responsibility as a follower of Christ and put aside the calling to be a disciple-maker. In order to make disciples that follow Christ others must be able to look at my life and see Christ-like qualities. As Eugene Peterson put it, “I become one beggar showing another beggar where to find bread.”

Why is it easy to shrink from my responsibility when it comes to obeying God in making disciples? The excuses are many: “It is not my gifting,” “I am not prepared,” or “Isn’t this the work of the pastors and missionaries?” All these excuses are simply disobedience. Discipleship is not a choice for the Christian. It is a command for every believer to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commanded us. Jesus heard the excuses of disciples this during his ministry: “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come’” (Luke 14:18-20).

So, what are we to do? The only thing we must: Accept the calling of God on our lives to be an example, model being an ambassador of Christ, and prayerfully look for and initiate discipleship relationships with those in our circle of influence.

If people can’t see Christ in me and be led to Christ through my life am I truly a disciple of Christ?

— Travis Whims, Director, Discipleship International

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