This verse is strong. I sense a joyful burden to think students, with whom I have shared the message of Christ, would be called to consider the “outcome of my way of life and imitate my faith?” Scary! Yet motivating at the same time.
This is a verse in scripture that should motivate ministry leaders to:
- Build their life on Scripture.
- Build hedges of accountability around their lives.
- Live a life of integrity and joy.
- Actively follow Christ fully as they invite others to follow Him.
- Stick with commitments even when times get hard.
- Keep their eyes on Christ.
- Finish strong.
But, we know that leaders aren’t perfect. I know I’m not perfect. Failure is part of life and of learning. There are some things in my life that I wouldn’t want people with whom I have shared the message to imitate.
Which is why I’m glad for the next verse in Hebrews: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8).
We place our confidence in Christ as we share the message, knowing that in Him, people – including us – find eternal life. In a changing, fallen world – where it seems one Christian leader after the next get into trouble – I’m grateful that Jesus is constant.