I’ve been blessed to have several people in my life who’ve exerted tremendous influence on who I am today. Continue reading . . .
“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (Phil. 3:17-21).
I’ve been blessed to have several people in my life who’ve exerted tremendous influence on who I am today. My dad was by far and away the greatest example I’ve had. To be like him has always been my goal. Russ McKnight, who died a little more than 20 years ago, also exerted a huge influence on me as he did on several people here at Bridgeway Church. I was greatly affected by Dr. S. Lewis Johnson, who taught NT and Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary for many years and with whom I worked as an associate pastor for eight years in Dallas.
But there are also women who’ve had a life-changing influence on me. My mother, now 94, is certainly first among them. Joni Eareckson Tada is another. So too is Jackie Pullinger.
My point is not that we imitate others because they are divine and we are but mere humans. My point is not that we mimic their gestures or try to reproduce the sound of their voice or how they dress or how they walk. My point is that we ought to strive to imitate others to the extent that they imitate Jesus Christ. And these people I’ve just mentioned certainly did that.