1 Corinthians 4:16-17 NIV 2011
Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.
Paul, like Peter, offered Christ as the example they each followed. 1 Peter 2:21, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” While Timothy was not Paul’s physical son, he was “my true son in the faith.” Timothy was a disciple when Paul met him in Lystra, Acts 16:1. Paul sent Timothy to carry on the work of the Lord he began, 1 Corinthians 11:10-11. Jesus Christ is the model for faithful believers to follow.
When my feet hit the floor this morning the words of a song from the late 1980’s kept running through my mind. “May all who come behind us find us faithful,” Find Us Faithful by Steve Green. I was a part of our small vocal group that sang this one Sunday morning. “Let us run the race not only for the prize.” We need to do what we do for the glory of God. We must daily faithfully follow Christ, our perfect model.
What ways do others find us faithful?
Following Christ’s model together,