One is the loneliest number.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” --1 Thessalonians 5:11.
In life, we have plans, hopes, dreams, and goals, but we want them to get much farther than the “talking” stage. We want to get to the point of acting, but how? Many times, our goals seem so outrageous at the time that we can’t see how to begin.
One of the big goals that we ought to have as believers is to have a stronger relationship with Christ every day. Like any other goal that we set, we need resources, and one great way to receive help is through people such as mentors, role models, etc.
Here’s an example: if one of my goals was to become an author and publish a book, I would need to surround myself with other writers to enable myself to learn from the more experienced writers, learning their habits and techniques; therefore, my writing abilities would be strengthened.
Our relationships with God are the same way: we are in no way perfect, and we never will be, but God has given us each other in order to encourage each other. The phrase “strength with numbers” comes into play in this scenario. When we look up to people with habits that are glorifying God, we want to reach toward those because we want to live in that way. These people that we look up to can not only help us with the life habits we develop, but they can help lift us up when we are down, encourage us when we feel like we don’t want to continue on, and pray for us when we need it. The trick, though, is finding the right people to look up to. We want to surround ourselves with people that will help shape us into the people that God wants us to become --sees us becoming as we speak. Because of sin, this world is corrupted, and that includes the people or things that we look up to as role models. There are good people that live genuinely for the LORD and what His Word provides for us, but there are also “such teachings [that] come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2).
The things of this world are not what we should be aiming for in regards to how we shape our lives. Rather than looking to tabloids and other media, we should be looking to God’s Word because this provides us with detailed, important declarations as to how God wants us to live.
When searching for the people that you want to look up to, continue to look to God because no matter who you choose as your mentor or role model, they won't be 100% perfect, and you want to reflect God’s love into this world by “[setting] an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).
P.S. Check out Living Proof tomorrow. There will be more about this topic (1 Timothy 4:11-16)! :)