Monkey See, Monkey Do!

“We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.”—2 Thessalonians 3:9 (NLT)
 
As a kid, I can remember trying to emulate my father. I wanted to be just like him. Whatever he did, I wanted to do! He was a singer, so I decided I wanted to learn how to sing. I’d sit quietly during his performances and soak it all in. I can also remember cutting myself at one point trying to shave because I watched him shave. As you can imagine, that incident was a little more traumatic than trying to learn how to sing. I’d also watch my dad’s routine in the bathroom when he was getting ready to go perform. It was like watching Clark Kent turn into Superman! To this day, I still follow the same routine.
 
As human beings, we can be very impressionable. It’s not outside of the norm for us to follow the example of those that have gone before us. The question is, whose example are you following? You see, on the other side of the spectrum, I can also recollect a season of following examples that weren’t very healthy, and in doing so, I was led down a path that didn’t produce much good fruit in my life.
 
It wasn’t until years later when I came in contact with Pastor Steve Williams, my “spiritual father,” that I was able to regain my footing and navigate down the path God initially had in place for me. As a result of watching Steve’s example of following after Christ, I inherently became a better disciple of Christ. Friends, there are people that God will divinely place in your life so that you can follow their godly example. It’s the simple equation of “disciples making disciples.” It’s a biblical model!
 
The Bible is full of examples of this model. Joshua would follow the example and leadership of Moses. Elijah would blaze the trail for Elisha. Paul would pour into and establish the example for young Timothy. Jesus Christ would be the example for 12 ordinary men, as well as the rest of mankind! It’s God’s desire for us! It’s His commission to us! 
 
We are to “go make disciples” by setting godly examples with the expectation that our disciples would in response make disciples and the domino effect would continue to produce Christ-like results! There’s a generation coming up behind us that need to see Christ modeled now more than ever. Are you being an example?
 
DIG: Ask yourself if there might be someone in your life that could possibly be emulating you. For some of you, the answer to that question may be very easy.
 
DISCOVER: If the answer to the first question is no, ask God to help you find someone you can be a godly example to.

DISPLAY: Demonstrate what it looks like to be a disciple of Jesus every day because you never know who might be watching the example you’re setting.

About the Author

Darren Bennett