Friday, November 30, 2012
Following In Their Footsteps
Some of mine are dead, some, obviously, living. John Piper claims his are dead overall. Hero's of the faith; those saints that we look to as our examples when our own framework of dust and bone doesn't provide context enough. I look to Joni Eareckson Tada for inspiration and a bunch of dead guys; C.S. Lewis, Biblical saints and Spurgeon to name a few.
Life is difficult. No surprise there. When I throw my little pity parties (because it's all about me) it helps me to remember that Joni has had to have somebody dress her in the morning for the last 45 years. Yet she remains one of the most positive and Christ exalting people I know. Job lost it all yet maintained a perfect faith in God's goodness and holy character. I look to these saints and see God's handiwork therefore I believe I can trust Him with the difficulties in my own life.
The apostle Paul repeatedly told others to follow him as an example of following Christ. Peter said of Christ that He died, leaving us an example that we should follow in His steps. It is important to find yourself those Christ affirming, Christ exalting role models to follow. For myself they flesh out what Christian life looks like especially in the midst of affliction. Their reality destroys my petty fantasy of my own importance.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.--1 Peter 2:21