23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” a but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Good role models are becoming few and far between any more! With Father’s day coming up it would be easy to put dear ol’ dad at the top of the list. However the unfortunate reality of life is that in our society today, many dads are woefully disconnected from their families leaving young men to fend for themselves for good Godly role models.
So I hope as we put together this list of role models that you will have a jumping off point to create your own list of Godly men in your life to follow. Understand that this list is not meant to give you specific people but more of a tool to use to find those men in your life.
1. Your Pastor: It might be a youth pastor, a Senior Pastor, or possibly even one of the staff Pastors. If your Pastor is truly called to ministry, his heart will be for seeing you grow in Christ and that includes all areas of your life. Believe it or not, he has been through pretty well all the things that you have been through, he already knows about those things in your life that you struggle with, maybe not that YOU struggle with them, but he is well aware of the issues, most likely from struggles in his own life when he was a young man. Why would I consider him a good role model? He has already worked through the issues of life and through all the garbage of life, the attacks of the enemy, the lies of “friends”, the hurt of breakups and still through it all, willingly serves God and leads others to serve God as well. That is a man worth imitating and learning from. Are they perfect? NO, of course not, they make mistakes, and they might even disappoint you because they are working out their faith just like you are, they are just a little farther down the road is all.
2. An Elder or Deacon: Many churches have Elders, spiritual leaders in your church, many only have Deacons, servant leaders. Many of these men serve in those capacities because they have a heart for the people in their church. Each of them should feel called to serve in those positions and face it, you can tell when one of the guys truly likes serving the church. Much in the same way as your pastor, these men have all walked down the road before you. Some of them might not be too much farther down than you are right now. They might be skilled businessmen in an industry that you are interested in or maybe they are great with their families. Whatever the quality that you see in them, don’t be afraid to ask them about sitting down and visiting with you, most will be more than happy to visit.
3. An Industry Leader: This gets a little more into the realm of specific role models but there are great men out there that got to be leaders in their fields because they were not afraid of a challenge and they realize that the only way to keep the industry going is to mentor and train young men to keep it going. Don’t be afraid of asking for a meeting, especially if that industry leader goes to your church. Look around through the men in your church, attend one of the men’s fellowship meetings and get a feel for the guys that are there. Chances are, if they are attending a Saturday Men’s Breakfast or outing they are open to the idea of sharing their success.
4. Noteworthy Men: I know that this is not the greatest of options but when you feel like your options are limited, find someone that has made a name for themselves and read everything that you can about them, Biographies, Auto-Biographies, memoirs, and the like. Try to find out as much as you can about the person. Be bold, write the person a letter if they are still living and see if you can schedule a phone conversation. Explain that you aspire to similar positions in life.
5. Jesus: As the passage that we read today together suggests, Make everything that Jesus did and taught a guide for your life. Don’t misunderstand me placing Jesus at the bottom of the list as an order of importance, it is easy to say “follow Jesus” and everything will be OK. While it is true that if you follow Christ everything will be ok, many of us who are working through our faith need that tangible person to help us understand what and why Jesus did what he did. Many of the examples of Christ have cultural and historical context to them and don’t exactly translate to the modern 21st century young man. Of course I want you to follow Christ before you follow anyone else.
It is our prayer that you find a man or men that you can follow as they follow Christ!
Do you have other examples why not leave them in the comments below!
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.