1 Corinthians 11:1
"And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ." NKJV
In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul is making a bold statement. He is calling the church at Corinth to pattern itself after him. Now, Paul is not saying he is the one they should worship but rather as he follows after Christ, he becomes a walking, talking example of what a Christian should look like. While we are ultimately following after Christ, we all need human examples of Christianity to help guide us in the right direction.
The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is filled with godly leaders who lead by example. Whether it was Moses leading God's people out of Egypt or Peter stepping out onto the waves, all were examples to those around them and continue to stand as godly examples today. While no human example is perfect, this doesn't mean we refuse to follow leadership. If a pastor, elder or deacon is following the Lord, then look to them as an example and learn from them. There is a great blessing found in following after a man or woman of God, and as you imitate their life, you may look back one day to see yourself being imitated.
Life Lesson: We need spiritual leaders; they are for our blessing and benefit.
Thank You for the leaders in my life. Father, help me to learn from those around me who are seeking after You. As my pastor follows You, may I seek to imitate him and in turn become more like Christ. Lord, continue to be with those in leadership as they share your Word and minister to the body. In Jesus' name, Amen.