The last in our list of reasons why Jesus came is the example for Holy living. I am thankful for my childhood because it taught me so much about life. I appreciate being the third child because my brothers knocked the rough edges off my parents. They knew the mistakes boys make so they didn’t freak out every time I got out of line. I also learned to watch my brothers and a) learned what not to do or b) see what Mom and Dad liked and stay in safe territory. I learned the right and wrong things by watching others. Another way of looking at it is that Allen and Phillip made them better parents or, possibly, me a better kid. That is still up for debate. I’m pretty sure where my brothers land on this.
What I can be sure of is this: Jesus came to make us better people. The only examples we had were failures. Yes, from time to time, some folks did ok for a while but no one ever measured up. Jesus was the only one to live perfect. “Since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (I Peter 2:21).
I know, I know, no one is perfect except Him. This is impossible. Recently, we went to look at gingerbread houses at the Conservatory in Columbus. What we learned was that the creations which had an example, a real life model, were the best. The recreation of the North Market had tiny little vegetables on the inside. Was it a perfect recreation of the actual North Market? No, but you could see the North Market. You and I may not be Jesus exactly but what if you and I could help others see His outline or some of the little details we get right. What if they could learn kindness because of you? This is why, every Christmas Eve, we give away donuts for free to those who are working that night. We want people to get a taste of God’s love and grace. There is no account of Jesus “doing donuts”, only bread and fish.
Jesus said, “Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29). Ask Him, “Lord, make me more like You every day. Help those around me see more of You and less of me. Give them hope that a new life is possible. Thank You for my new life.”
And never give up on being like Jesus. That is a lie of the enemy to get you to give up. If that happens, where would we find the examples and teachers of Jesus? That is why I am thankful for my brothers, Allen and Phillip. They taught me and continue to show me. Now, go out there and live so folks can see Jesus in you. Merry Christmas!
I love you all! Pastor Doyle