Role Models

Role Models and Chapter


by David Lemmons

There has been a lot of talk and there have been several articles written in recent days regarding role models.  One can barely keep up with the latest scandals that are being publicized about some of the most popular role models chosen by young people of our day.  Some famous people like Charles Barkely may wish to deny that they are role models, but the rich and famous in sports and entertainment are nonetheless SELECTED for that position by millions of young aspiring sports figures and entertainers and admirers.  We could wish that the rich and famous might be more aware of and be more responsible with the influence they wield on the minds of young people.  However, it does not seem that this dream is getting any closer to reality.

For Christian youth, the Bible urges caution and prudence in the selection of persons to look to for guidance in life.  Parents (esp., FATHERS, Eph 6:4) need to be careful in training their charges regarding the selection of role models.  Clearly, the people of God are to imitate God (Lev 11:44-45; 1 Pet 1:16; Eph 5:1).  The only Perfect Role Model for young people today REMAINS, as always, the Lord Jesus Christ (Mt 16:24; Jn 13:15; Mt 11:29; Jn 13:34; Rom 13:14; 1 Cor 11:1; Eph 5:2; Phil 2:5; Col 3:13; 1 Pet 2:21; 4:1).  God’s people are to AVOID imitating the wrong folks (Lev 20:23; Deut 18:9; 2 Kings 17:15; Mt 23:2,3; 1 Cor 15:33; 2 Pet 3:17; 1 Jn 3:11,12; Rev 2:14).

This being said, we are blessed by our God to have revealed to us many magnificent role models in the written Word.  Our New Testaments contain a total of 260 chapters.  Chapter number 215 is an especially helpful one for us to use if we have concern about role models.  Chapter number 215 is Hebrews 11.  Young people ought often to be directed to this great chapter by loving and concerned parents.  Let us briefly notice some of the wonderful lessons taught to us by the faithful ones mentioned in this great chapter…

  • From Abel (Heb 11:4)… Worship in faith.
  • From Enoch (Heb 11:4)… Please God.
  • From Noah (Heb 11:7)… Look toward things not seen; fear God;  and don’t live like the world around you.
  • From Abraham (Heb 11:8)… Have a true pilgrim heart.
  • From Sarah (Heb 11;11)…  Consider God to be a promise-keeper.
  • From Abraham (Heb 11:19)… Leave God’s problems to God and simply obey.
  • From Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph (Heb 11:20-22)… Face death with hope!
  • From the parents of Moses (Heb 11:23; cf., Acts 4:19,20)… Be without the fear of the civil authorities when their pronouncements place you in conflict with the will of God.
  • From Moses (Heb 11:24-27)… Choose wisely; keep looking to the heavenly reward; persevere; be identified with the people of God.
  • From the Israelites at the Red Sea (Heb 11:29)… Submit to GOD’S PLAN!
  • From Rahab (Heb 11:31)… Fear God and DO accordingly.
  • From Gideon (Heb 11:32)… Lead others to glorify God.
  • From Samson (Heb 11:32)… Use your strength to glorify God.
  • From Jephthah (Heb 11:32; Judges 11:27)… Allow the Lord to be the Judge.
  • From David (Heb 11:32; Acts 13:22)… Be a man/woman after God’s own heart.
  • From Samuel (Heb 11:32)… Allow yourself to be committed to the Lord FOR LIFE!!!

Hebrews 12:1-2… “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. {2} 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”