Blessed Role Models

“Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren't, we should behave as though we are -- cheerful, kind, loving, courteous. Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.” - Maya Angelou

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Luke 14:1

Who watches you?  Who do you watch? Who are you a role model  for? Who is a role model for you? Jesus was being watched very  carefully one night at a big dinner event. The religious leaders wanted to see if he followed the rules. But then Jesus turned the tables and watched them.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. Luke 14:7

Jesus is good at finding “teachable moments.”  Not everyone likes what he has to say though.  He says sit in the back, not at the head table.  He says let those who aren’t invited to the party in and give them the seat of honor.  Then, you will have lived honorably.  Jesus tells us how to be a role model, or how to model the role he is teaching us to fill.  And, it’s quite a counter-cultural role.  Can we look to the lost, the least, the young and the invisible to be our role models?  Can we lift them up and learn from them?

I know a young woman in her twenties who takes seriously listening to God, serving with her life and being a faithful follower of Jesus by taking risks, going out of her comfort zone and asking a lot more questions than giving answers.  She’s a role model for me.

Role models come in all shapes and sizes, ages and locations.  We don’t have to know someone for them to impact us.  We can be a role model to people we’ve never met or are likely to meet.  When we try to live the way Jesus teaches, we know that others are watching even though they might not even realize it.  Putting others first, learning from those who are different or younger than us and not puffing ourselves up are great ways to start being a Jesus role model.

Jesus ends the story by saying, “And you will be blessed…” Luke 14:14  His teachings aren’t to make our lives difficult – Jesus wants us live blessed!

More Jesus, less me,

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