Becoming a Role Model

There just does not seem to be many good role models anymore. Your kids grow up looking up to Disney Stars just to watch them collapse and give into every temptation in the public spotlight after just a few short years. Athletes who are skilled and inspirational are looked up to, just to find out a few months later is abusing new stardom to fulfill every whim. And of course there are politicians who were once a class of respected individuals, but now a new scandal is heard of nearly daily. Lastly, pastors have not been much better with consistent downfalls into sexual sin, financial mistrust, and selfish pursuit. The major similarity between all of these failed role models is that whether they initially set out with these goals in mind, they have made their primary goal to be their own self interest rather than the interests of others or Jesus. Honestly, I haven’t been much better. I will avoid conversations with people if I believe that it might be messy with the daily clutter of their lives. I will give into habits and temptation with the belief that it will truly fulfill me. The main focus though is the constant thought of what benefit a situation has for me, rather than what good it can be used for others.

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Paul gives an amazing example of someone who is not like a Disney starlet or me. At this point in his letter to the Philippians he gives encouragement by informing them that he will be sending Timothy, who truly puts others before himself. He wrote, “I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.”[1]

Following Jesus requires laying down my own desires and interest and looking out for those who are hurting. Often times, this means that I will definitely be inconvenienced. In our culture (and in my heart) convenience has become the god that we bow down to. I want my food immediately, I want to watch the movie without buffering, and I want everyone to read about both on my tweet right now. Everything is about what I want and when I want it.

What if I had the attitude of Timothy? He was genuinely concerned about the welfare of others before himself. This was not because he was just natural self-giving. It is because Jesus changed his life, and changed his priorities.

What is convenience worth? Is giving up my convenience worth making someone’s day brighter? Is it worth changing someone’s eternal destiny because I went out of my way to have a conversation?

Could you imagine what it would like if followers of Jesus put other’s interests ahead of our own?

[1] Philippians 2:20-21 NIV