Be thou an example of
the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in
faith, in purity. 1. Tim.
Every Christian should
strive to be a pattern worthy of imitation—a pattern of earnest,
faithful endeavor to copy Christ in his daily life, and of active
zeal in His service. Patterns of perfection, of the ultimate moral
glory and beauty of holiness, we cannot expect to be in the present
life. Such a pattern we have only in Christ our Lord. In no such
sense did Paul ever say, Follow me, or Follow us; but he did say,
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ’ (1. Cor. 11:1).
The Apostle was a grand example of earnest endeavor to attain
perfection, but not of the ultimate perfection which was in Christ
only; and it is his zeal and intense earnestness in striving to copy
Christ and to accomplish His will that we should seek to
Titus 2:7; 1.Pet. 2:21; 5:3; Lev. 18:2,3; 2.Chron. 30:7; Prov. 22:24,25; Matt. 23:1-3; John 13:15; 1.Cor. 8:9-13; Phil.2: 5; 1.Thes. 1: 6-8; Heb. 13: 7; Jas. 5:10, 11; 1.Pet. 3: 5, 6; 1.John 2: