“There remains, then a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.”
Hebrews 4:10-11 NIV
Does the idiom, “Do as I say, not as I do” annoy anyone else? It bothers me when I hear parents repeating it to their kids. They say it as if it’s a joke, when really it’s backed up by their actions. The Free Dictionary describes this phrase as: “Take my advice, even though I am acting contrary to it”.1 I’m so thankful that we serve a heavenly father who parents nothing like this! God never requires something of us that He has not modeled for us. He tells us to take a Sabbath rest, following His example.
Good Leaders lead by example, not by rule.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” In Matthew 4:19 NIV. Jesus had every right to say, “follow me” because that is exactly what He was doing, fishing for people. Paul encouraged believers many times to follow his example, even saying twice that people should “imitate” him. In Philippians 3:17, Paul said “Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.” NIV We need to be Christians who lead by example, so that we can say, “Do as I say, and as I do!”
Father…I thank-you for modeling good things before me. Help me to follow your example to rest and to model what I say, in what I do. May I live a life that others will be better to follow after. In Jesus name, Amen