Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer
And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. I am so glad that you always keep me in your thoughts, and that you are following the teachings I passed on to you. (1 Corinthians 11:1, 2 NLT)
Three things I see in this short passage. 1) Paul lived his life imitating Christ enough that he could tell others to "do as I do." 2) People prayed for their teacher. 3) People actually did what they were taught.
It is a cop out to say, "Do as I say, not as I do." We should live our lives in such a way that those who follow our teaching can and should imitate us. Yes, the focus is imitating Christ, but there are those who are in different stages in their walk that can only see us to start with. They are not at a place yet where they can keep their eyes on Jesus. We should pray for those that lead ahead of us. Paul was careful to make sure that his teaching lined up with what scriptures said and what Jesus taught. Paul bragged on the Bereans for making sure that he did this. When our leaders do this, we should do what we are taught to do.
Father, as one that leads, let me always pattern both my teaching and my life after yours so that others can follow my teaching and my example. Let me also be quick to follow the example of those you have sent to instruct me after I confirm that their lives and teaching line up with your Word.