Follow the leader
Ephesians 4:31-32 – 5:1-2 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
I’ve recently started going to spin classes at my local gym. In the class I attended on Wednesday, the instructor was having a bit of a down day. She told us that she’d had a Christmas party the night before so wasn’t feeling her usual self. Half way through the class, she lost energy. She told us to keep going faster, but she was just going to have a little break for a moment to recover. For the rest of the class, she rode her bike slower and slower.
I noticed that everyone around me, including myself, stopped spinning as hard as we had before. We saw our leader slow her speed, so we naturally slowed down too.
It reminded me of our responsibility as Christians. We can’t have a down day in following Christ, because the people around us will catch on. We can’t say that we believe in Christ’s perfect, limitless love and then speak in anger and bitterness towards or about someone else. We can’t claim that we have been forgiven by our Saviour and then hold grievances against others. We can’t hate others when we claim to walk in love.
We need to pray to God for strength in this – asking Him to help us walk in love and live as righteously as possible. We need to live purely and honestly, striving to become more like Christ each and every day. We can never be perfect, but God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. So lean on Him whilst you understand the weight of the responsibility you carry as a follower of Christ. The way that you live could be leading others into a relationship with Him.