The Walk: Week 5 – Day 3 – “An inspiring example”.
Week 5 – Day 3 – “An inspiring example”.
Once while doing some training for The Person of Jesus study we spent some time looking at a story about Jesus that focused on his compassion for a widow who had lost her son. It was amazing to look carefully at how Jesus saw this woman’s need and responded with such compassion. At the end we made a chart on the one side we wrote “Jesus” on the other side: “me”. Under Jesus we wrote things like: seeing clearly, compassionate, unhurried, patient, giving. Then we compared our lives. We wrote things like: Busy, distracted, impatient, self-focused and self-protective. I know that for me looking at Jesus I felt convicted but not crushed. I saw where I need to be more like him. But I was inspired, to want to choose that path and walk with him.
The reason you can look right at the example of Jesus and see how different you are than he is and yet not be condemned is because while Jesus is our example he is more than just an example. He is first of all our Savior. He lived his perfect life for us, and then he gave that life as a sacrifice for us. He does not save us by giving us an example to live up to but by dying for our sins on the cross and rising again as our Lord. We don’t and cannot earn our salvation by conforming our life to his example. We can never fully accomplish that perfection. We are saved by grace through trusting Jesus as our Savior. But when we receive Christ what has happened is we have been born again. We receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Christ lives in us and now, because we belong to him, we are called by him, to live like him.
Review the two graphic illustrations we have used during the walk. As you do reflect on how the truths illustrated enable you to look at the example of Jesus and at your own life and be inspired to be like him instead of crushed by your short-comings.
The above illustration is too often what we do. The one that follows is what we need to do!
Then, here is the other graphic we have talked about in The Walk…
Write a brief statement that expresses in your own words the way in which the gospel, what Jesus has done for you by his grace, encourages you and empowers you to follow him as your example.
Continue reading the Bible. I want to keep the reading list for Scripture for this project relatively simple and easily assessable. If you finish John consider reading Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians or Luke. I’d recommend sticking to those books for the most part during “The Walk”. If you are really wanting to branch out consider asking the group or person you are doing The Walk with to make suggestions. The important thing is to try to be consistent in your reading. Write down your questions, thoughts and insights as you read. Don’t forget to review your memory verse from last week and this week.