Remember Your Leaders
"Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith." Hebrews 13:7
Last night I received some devastating news. I found out that a friend of mine, someone who poured into me and was intentional about discipling me as well as others, was killed in a motorcycle accident. My heart is broken, not only for his family and his friends, but for his church as well. As I began to ponder the situation and really think about it, my sadness turned to praise. I praised God that He brought him and his family into my life. I praised God for a person who was there to guide my early spiritual growth as a young adult, and I began to remember some of the teachings. I remember how I had never seen someone so unafraid of death and someone who was so confident in God’s provision. I remember how he taught me how to deal with legalism and God’s character. I remember my leader who spoke the word of God.
Hebrews 13:7 tells us three things: we remember our leaders, we remember those who poured into us, and we considered the outcome of their way of life. In my friend’s situation, he led a church, mentored many, and taught so many about Jesus. Finally, it says to imitate their faith. We aren’t to keep the things we learn to ourselves, but we are supposed to imitate them. In my case, am I discipling? Am I showing grace? Am I telling people about Jesus?
Think about those who have made an impact in your life, remember them, consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. It is never in vain, sisters. Our days are numbered.
Father, we thank You for brothers and sisters who mentor us, who teach us, and who show us who You are. Help us to always take what we learn from them and become that to someone else. In Your Son’s precious name I pray, Amen.
Who is someone that has poured into your life? Remember their words this week, and imitate their faith.
About the Author
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.