We’re looking at how the Apostle Paul could expect others to imitate his way of life.
Notice the qualifying factor in 1 Corinthians 11:1.
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
An essential factor in being a model for others was that he himself aligned with Christ.
What We Can Learn about the Bible Teacher’s Role as a Model
- Being a model was based on Paul following the example of Christ. He didn’t expect them to follow him merely because he was good person but because he followed a Good Person. His alignment with Christ gave him the right to ask others to follow his example.
- The Apostle Paul verbalized his desire for them to imitate his life. He didn’t take for granted that they would automatically follow his example.
- Paul sensed the importance of doing what he did for the sake of others, rather than for self. After a discourse about not not being a stumbling block in the exercise of our freedom in Christ, he said, “For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved” ( 1 Cor. 10:33). Immediately following those words, he exhorted them to follow his example (1 Cor. 11:1).
When Bible teachers understand the significance of impacting the lives of their students, they too will want to be models of Christ. They will also be intentional in this role. And, it won’t be about impressing others but truly helping them.