Our Divine Role Model
Jesus Christ is Creator, Sustainer and Savior of all. He also provides us a
precious example to follow unto God's glory and praise.
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us
run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author
and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest
you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to
bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which
speaks to you as to sons:
'My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He receives.'
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there
whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all
have become partakers, then you are illigitimate and not sons. Furthermore,
we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them repect. Shall
we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For
they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our
profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to
be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the
peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and
make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated,
but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which
no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of
God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many
become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who
for one morsel of good sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he
wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for
repentance, though he sought it diligently wtih tears." Hebrews 12:1-17 ; NKJV