Role Models–Have One–Then Be One

For the majority of our time here on earth, God puts people in our lives for us to role model.

The best role models I had were my father Edward and grandfather Louis.

Sadly, they both died while I was relatively young, but I was influenced enough by them to emulate the good that was part of their nature.

Jesus speaks today in Matthew 17 about John the Baptist and his role model Elijah.

 9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

 10The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

 11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.

You can’t help but wonder, does this mean Elijah was reincarnated?

Not really.

If it did, then our Christian religion would have an Eastern twist.

Meat would be taboo and Jesus would’ve been called the “Tofu of God” instead of “The Lamb.”

What’s happening here is not much different from what happens when we emulate the ways of our heroes.

John the Baptist studied the Scriptures to learn of Elijah and when he ministered to the needy, the same power and goodness came through.

Having good people before us, either those we’ve known personally, or just read about, is something we can and actually must all do, otherwise, how we can we be good examples for those who follow?

We’re all being watched and if we play our cards right, some may watch us after we’re gone.


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