Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. Philippians 3:17 NKJV
Paul was a great role model of those who walk by faith. He lived out his faith, so anyone watching his life would be able to tell, he was lead by different motives than the rest of the world. Paul encouraged the Philippians to follow his example. We should to. Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”
We all need role models. But the fact is we ARE all role models, whether we like it or not. People are watching us. If they know we are Christians, they will be watching even more. We represent Christ to the world. Jesus taught us that we are to be “flavoring or seasoning” of the world in Mark 9:50 “Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” The way we live should be like salt is to food: it adds flavor, it preserves, and it causes thirst. We add flavor by making godly choices. We preserve by always speaking the truth in love. We cause thirst for God by living out a life of faith before the world.
Lord God above, thank you for filling us with your Spirit so we can model a life of faith before others. Thank you for giving us your light to shine on the world around us. Thank you for causing others to walk in your light. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.