Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7
The author of Hebrews is closing his letter with some very clear instructions to follow. “Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you”. Why? To “consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” In other words, leadership is more caught than taught! Watch others you admire and then literally imitate how they live.
He didn’t say remember their sermons or teachings or their style of ministry. He said to remember how they lived among you and the outcome of how they lived their life. The most influential leaders live an integral and exemplary life where others see the outcomes of their lives and want to follow them. There is much responsibility on us leaders as well as the followers. Imitate is not a passive or lazy verb, it is to follow, mimic, and to be just like someone. It reminds me when Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ”. In the same way that Paul was following Christ, he implored his followers to follow in that way. Modeling and imitating is critical to building a growing and effective life of faith.
Father, help me to strongly follow the example of my old and new mentors in my life. Help my life to be that kind of life that is exemplary for others to want to follow.
Heard in prayer
Pour your life into a few who will in turn pour themselves into others. Be strategic and intentional about investing time with them and raising them up.