The apostle Paul said, “follow my example as I follow the example of Christ (1 Cor. 10:1).” At first glance, it seems like a really bold statement to make. I do wish that I felt that confident… I wish that my walk with Christ was so passionate and disciplined and consistent that I could confidently invite others to imitate my expression of faith. I rarely feel that confident. In fact , I’m almost “put out” by Paul’s confidence. Humility is a virtue that we can all easily agree is Christ-like, but confidence is too similar to pride or arrogance for comfort. It feels more safe and spiritually sensitive to say, ” Don’t look to me…look to Jesus…I’m just a sinner…I struggle just like you…”
I know that God wants me to approach him with confidence and to be more than a conquerer and walk in a spirit of love and power and self discipline. I think my idea of humility is a bit twisted sometimes. God doesn’t want me to be quiet or passive or timid. He wants me to be living a powerful and compelling life. As a recipient of God’s amazing grace, I should be so passionately following Christ that He radiates through me. I should be able to say “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ”. This is not a display of pride, but proof of submission. If I am following Christ and submitting to him daily, then I should have no problem saying to those around me, “this way to Jesus!”. I must remember that I am the light of the world! If you are in Christ…You are too! Let’s shine with confidence.