Lazaroo – Saturday, October 10, 2009

Oct 10, 2009 I Lazaroo.


Pray the words of this Lazaroo aloud, with wide-eyed wonder:

“You became imitators of us and of the Lord…”
(1 Thessalonians 1:6)

I love inspiring people to imitate You, Jesus.

But encouraging them to imitate me?

Huh-uh.

You’re safe.

I’m not.

I want to live my life so that others can safely follow in my footsteps…

but I’m still trying to figure this thing out for myself!

I’m not ready to be somebody’s role model.

I’m not worthy.

No, it’s worse than that:

I’m unfit.

Which is why the last thing in this world I want is somebody looking at my life and thinking this is how to do it.

“Just look at Jesus,” I tell them. “Don’t look at me.”

I feel good about telling them that.

It sounds humble and gets me off the hook.

Except…

there’s just one problem with that advice.

What about those You have sent my way

to see You

in me?

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Judges 7:17; 1 Corinthians 11:1; John 13:15; Philippians 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7-8; Romans 10:13-15; 1 Timothy 1:15-16

What is Lazaroo?

Take Me Deeper

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4 responses so far.

  1. Ken Ferry Says:

    Blast your meddlesome truths, Steve! This one got me right between the eyes.

  2. Ellan Says:

    I appreciate this reminder that we, as born-again Christ followers, have a huge responsibility… to constantly be aware that we are Jesus’ representatives here on earth.
    Jesus, help us to not only be aware but always to seek after your own heart in the way we live and conduct ourselves that we do right by you.

  3. Jeff Says:

    I guess the thing to keep in mind is while others look at you, let them see you look to Jesus.

  4. Steve Says:

    If you received today’s Lazaroo that was sent out by RSS and e-mail at 12:01 this morning, you will note that several hours later on this home web site, I reworded the last three lines. I did so to correct a potentially false inference from my original wording that the only way anyone can see Jesus is through His followers. But that isn’t true! He reveals Himself through His creation (Psalms 19 and Romans 1). Ever since, He has revealed Himself through angels, in dreams and visions and in countless others ways, including the events of daily life. Although Jesus longs to reveal Himself through us – a truth that today’s Lazaroo attempts to drive deep into our hearts – it still remains that if we keep quiet, He can make the rocks cry out! (Luke 19:40)

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