Sometimes we think some spiritual leaders are no longer humans. We see them as people whose level of spirituality is unattainable.
Especially in Africa, we have so much idolized spiritual leaders by making them objects of worship rather than examples of faith we have been called to follow.
In Hebrews 13:7, we are commanded to be imitators of the faith of our spiritual leaders, not to make them objects of worship.
One of the reasons most believers are not growing spiritually in this dispensation is because they are not imitators of their spiritual leader’s faith.
Let’s see what Hebrews 13:7 says in Amplified version.
“Remember your leaders, for it was they who brought you the word of God; and consider the result of their conduct (the outcome of their godly lives), and imitate their faith (their conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things, the Provider of eternal salvation through Christ, and imitate their reliance on God with absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness).”
The Body of Christ will move beyond a religious institution into what we truly represent if we can start calling believers to become faith IMITATORS rather than faith SPECTATORS.
The early disciples of Christ grew to become apostolic leaders that changed the world because they were IMITATORS, not SPECTATORS of the faith of Christ.
I want to challenge Christian Leaders to STOP raising disciples who are SPECTATORS and start labouring to make disciples who are IMITATORS of their FAITH in CHRIST.
This is how we can change the world for Christ in this end of the age.
Now, what are we to IMITATE in the faith of others or challenge others to IMITATE in our faith?
The Scripture above says we should consider the result of the conduct of our spiritual leaders, which is the outcome of their godly lives and imitate their faith.
So, a leader must have a godly life that is worthy of imitation. This is what spiritual conduct is about.
Instead of being a spectator who only seeks the dividends of the anointing over your spiritual leader, choose to first become the imitator of the leader’s spiritual conduct and you will begin to have the same result that flows from his conduct.
Also, let leaders ensure they manifest godly living that is worthy of imitation and capable of producing right results in the lives of those who will choose to imitate their faith.
Father, help us to be Christlike faith imitators, not spectators!
“A leader must have a godly life that is worthy of imitation. This is what spiritual conduct is all about.”