Mankind has developed a few expressions that do nothing more than signify his failure. He may say, “To err is human,” or, “Nobody’s perfect!” All of these articulate what we all know- we all make mistakes. God says it this way, For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). All of us have missed the mark. Some miss the mark worse than others, but all men stand guilty before God.
No man or woman has lived a sinless life. That is what makes Jesus Christ an exceptional Saviour. No charge may be laid at His nail-scarred feet.
Following Jesus is the Foundation
If people were to say, “How would one learn how to throw a football?” Someone would say, “Ask Johnny Unitas.” If someone asked, “How would one learn how to hit a golf ball?” The answer would come, “Ask Jack Nicklaus.” “How would one organize his schedule?” “Stephen Covey, of course.”
All of these pursuits are trivial in a sense, but foundational to life itself should one ask, “How am I to order my life? How am I to live? How am I to parent?” The only name worthy of the answer is the name of Jesus Christ. He is the foundation. Life is to be built upon Christ Jesus.
Following Man Can Often Lead to Failure
As I study the Scriptures and think about the men that God used to accomplish His will and way in the world, I do not see perfect vessels. As a matter of fact, the treasure of the “earthen” vessel is that the excellency of the power is of God and not of man (II Cor. 4:7). God blesses men in spite of themselves. Whether it is Moses, Paul or David, all of God’s trophies were scarred and marred.
When Paul was exhorting the Corinthians by way of a living, breathing example of obedience, he still disclaimed their loyalty to him by saying, Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ (1 Cor 11:1). That man of God knew what he was…just a sinner saved by grace. Following man only is following a fallen creature.
Following Jesus is Freedom
Paul in exhorting others to follow His example lived in such a way that demanded the audience of only one- Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:10). Paul was willing to please Jesus only.
People walk around with an unbearable yoke. Sometimes it is called “expectation” or “potential,” but only in Christ does a man find his expectation and reach his potential. Cast your eyes on Jesus Christ and allow Him to mold you into His image.
There has never been a group of Christians that ever agreed totally on anything. The color of new carpet in a church seems like an impossible thing to divide brethren, until you have seen a church split over such a petty thing. Men, movements, Bible colleges and the like are things upon which all never fully agree.
Paul realized the church at Corinth had that problem. He said in I Corinthians 3, Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
These believers were incapable of agreeing on anything. So Paul says, “We ought to be able to meet upon the wonderful grounds of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. We agree with Jesus!
After the passion of Christ and the monumental fall of the Apostle Peter he went back to fishing and things he knew “well,” or at least thought he did. You see, Peter was an imperfect vessel…just a sinner saved by grace. The Devil walked briskly by and said, “You’re through, preacher. Your best days are behind you.” But on the bow of that fishing boat in John 21 Jesus appeared to him on the shore and Peter’s eyes fixed on Christ. He jumped out of that boat, swam away his failure, potential and expectation and sat on the seashore, having a little talk with Jesus.
No successful Christian is perfect. They just decided to agree on Jesus and follow in His steps. I know because I am an imperfect preacher who ministers to imperfect people, but we shall continue on in His steps by His grace agreeing on His goodness and mercy.