Following the master’s footstep
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps” (1Pt 2:21).
Whatever Christ has done should stand as a legacy for us to follow. If He suffered, we are also expected to suffer like Him, if we are His followers. If He lived a selfless and crucified life for the benefit of man, we are also expected to live accordingly. Every worker, pastor, member or leader, who calls himself a Christian, is expected to follow the footstep of our Lord Jesus Christ in everything they do. And the major footprint Jesus left as a legacy, which we must follow, is doing the will of the Father in Heaven.
Therefore, if we are to make a mark in this generation, if we must bring the world to Christ and if we must convert sinners to Christ, then we must follow His footstep. We must do the things He did, while on earth, preach and follow the tenet of the Bible, as instructed.
There are lots of wicked people on earth today because Christians are not following strictly the footstep of our Master. Our Lord in His sojourn on earth positively affected the generation He met. Thus, His ministry is still fresh and relevant in our time. In those days, Christians were very few, but that insignificant number laid a solid foundation upon which Christianity stands today.
Jn. 4: 31-34 says, “In the meanwhile His disciples prayed Him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore, said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work”
During His earthly ministry, the only thing that occupied the mind of our Lord Jesus Christ was how to do the will of the Father. He never cared about personal gain or goal. When it seemed He was hungry, the disciples decided to get Him something to eat, but as they brought the food, He was more interested in doing His Father’s work than satisfying His hunger. He hungered more to do good to the souls of men than to satisfy His hunger. He told them He had meat to eat, which they knew not of and He went further to say, that His meat was to do the will of Him that sent Him and finish His work. He lived for the benefit of all of us and not for His own.
Everybody, who claims to be a Christian, must learn how to desire first the spiritual welfare of people, before any temporal advantages whatsoever. The person must have passion for saving perishing soul. As food is to the hungry, and water to the thirsty, so should doing of the will of God be to those claiming to be Christians. By upholding this principle and converting the wicked, the problem of insecurity brought about by kidnapping, militancy, robbery and lying among others, will be reduced to manageable level. So, if we want peace, we must, as a matter of necessity, follow the footstep of the Master of peace.
1Cor 10: 33 says, “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”
How blessed and amiable was the spirit and conduct of this Apostle, who asserted here that he forgot himself, his interests, convenience, ease and comfort to labour for the welfare of others, particularly that they may be saved. This apostle, like other apostles, followed the teaching cum footstep of the Lord. When he did please all men, it was for their profit and advantage, not his own, but that they may be saved, and in so doing the world would be saved.
Beloved, if we are serious about changing the world for the better, we must abide by the teaching of the Master.
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