Do you want to be a model?
If you are a leader, then you've already become one
Often it’s the vain who want to be models: girls who spend a lot of time falling in love with themselves while looking in the mirror; or guys who spend a lot of time at the gym looking in the mirror and repeatedly kissing their biceps!
But, believe it or not, if you put your hand up to be a youth leader you are also raising your hand to say that you are willing to be a model. But this isn’t in a vain type of "I love myself" way. It’s all about modelling to others what it means to follow Jesus. Like it or not if you are already involved in leadership you ARE a model! What model are you asking people to follow? What type of example of a Christian are you?
What type of model are you?
I read a number of years ago about a Northern Beaches youth leader who dragged a dead possum behind his car. That was a pretty dumb model! But I’ve also witnessed many great youth leaders who have been models worth following.
1 Corinthians gives us a great picture of following an example. Paul says: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (11:1) That’s a big call! He’s calling the church in Corinth to look to the example of his conduct among them, and be like him. But ultimately, it’s not about about following Paul for the sake of following Paul, it’s about following Paul for the sake of following Jesus.
How to be a great model
1 Thessalonians has a great example of modelling. Read 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 now & answer the questions below:
- How did the church in Thessalonica follow a model?
- How did the church in Thessalonica become a model?
Now read 1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Peter 5:3; Philippians 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:9; Titus 2:7
- What is the expectation upon the Christian leader from these passages?
Keep it real!
What type of model will you be? Other people are watching you. One way or another, they’ll copy you. What habits are you modelling to them?
- Godly or ungodly?
- Wise or foolish?
- Measured or accidental?
As we follow Jesus we are called to have others follow us. This doesn’t mean we will be the perfect model, only Jesus is the perfect model. But it does mean we will be honest when we make mistakes, confess our sins and keep clinging to Jesus.
In what ways do you need to take more seriously the call to be a model?