Be Like Mike?

By Ricky Smith

1 Peter 1:13 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

Who is your role model? We all have them. I remember in high school I tried to mimic the way Michael Jordan walked because I wanted “to be like Mike.” Clearly, God had plans for me other than basketball. While there was no harm in that childhood fantasy, there is significance in who we choose as role models in our life. Who we try to emulate matters.

Like Mike

I could tell stories of people like Dr. William E. Brown or Dr. Don Wilhite who have impacted my life. I could share examples of how my dad has been a role model for me. No matter those stories, they all fall short. Regardless of the person, a human will fail us. That being said, the idea of modeling our life after someone is natural and does point us in the right direction.

When we look at 1 Peter 1 we are encouraged to ultimately build our life around Jesus being the role model we emulate. His holiness. His love. His conduct provided a model life for us to follow. While we will never achieve, we have before us an example of how life should be lived. We are provided His written Word which describes Him in great detail so that we can better analyze and emulate the love of Jesus in our conduct.

Be encouraged this week to strive every day to model Christ in your character and show Christ in your conduct. In doing so, you can point others to Him as you follow His example. At the end of the day, isn’t that how Paul lived his life, as described in 1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”