Jesus is the Son | Part 2: How to Choose Your Role Models
July 21, 2020
July 21, 2020
While we as Christians should always focus on Jesus, I would like to shift our focus ever so slightly to look on the great forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist.
Why shift our focus? Why concentrate on John the Baptist? We can safely concentrate on John the Baptist because he’s a great role model.
Outside of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist is the absolute best role model in the Bible. John is such a good role model because he recognizes that there really is no life without Jesus.
Jesus Himself said that there was no man born of woman greater than John the Baptist.
Here’s a question: who are your role models?
May I suggest these four guidelines for picking your role models?
- Does your potential role model know Jesus? If your role models don’t know Jesus, how in the world can you expect them to guide you correctly through life?
- Does your potential role model tell people who Jesus is and why He came? Do they understand why He came?
- Does your potential role model understand themselves and the role they need to play?
- Does your potential role model realize that life and salvation are binary? Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father, but by me.”
Here’s a second question: who are your friends?
In some sense, your friends become your role models. You become like the people you hang with.
If your friends don’t know Jesus, if they don’t know who Jesus is and why He came, if they don’t understand themselves and the role they should play in this short life, if they don’t understand that salvation is through Jesus Christ and His finished work alone, then we should all fall to our knees and pray for your friends, because they are lost!
And if your friends are lost, are you helping them? Or are they dragging you down? Are you sharing the good news of the gospel with them or are they lowering you to their level? Remember the way Psalms opens…
How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams that bears its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand up in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin. (Psalm 1, CSB)
What kind of role model are you? What kind of friend are you?
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.