Luke 6:40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
It is okay to have role models, but to be your best self, Jesus must be the one that you emulate. Luke 6:40 says that “every one that is perfect shall be as his master”. Being perfect is synonymous with being your best self and here the scripture is telling us that reaching to that point will require us to be like Jesus. Manifesting your best self is not going to come by modeling other people, unless they themselves are perfectly modeling Christ.
After initially being known as a persecutor of the early church, Paul became his best self by being an imitator of Jesus. To that end he was responsible for writing the majority of the books of the New Testament and led the charge to take the gospel to the Gentile nations. Although he was seen by the early church as a role model, he wanted them to know that Jesus was the one who they should follow to become the best that they could be. Accordingly, he told the brethren in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ”. What Paul was communicating to the Corinthians is that they should follow his footsteps only to the extent to which he follows Christ. The point that Paul was making was that Jesus is truly the one who they must imitate and not him. Imitating Jesus is doing what He would do and to do what He would do is to do what His word says. Two things will happen when we do what Jesus would do. First, we will reflect the nature of Christ; people will see Christ in us. Second, we will avoid mistakes and be best positioned to realize our potential and become the best that we can be.
Whose example are you following? Is it that of your parents, siblings or a well-known celebrity? Become the best that you can be by imitating Jesus.
Life Application: Become your best self by consistently doing what Jesus would do regardless of the circumstance.
Prayer: Lord, make me more like you. Fashion me according to your likeness, let your ways be my ways and your thoughts, my thoughts. In Jesus’ name, amen.