When starting a new job, a trainee will typically shadow an experienced worker. The benefits of shadowing are pretty obvious. It gives a person a chance to observe, ask questions and watch how an expert accomplishes the work. After a certain amount of time the veteran begins to let the trainee do the work and makes helpful suggestions on how to improve. The goal of shadowing is to enable the newly hired person to achieve the same level of work excellence as the teacher.
Have you thought of the Christian life as shadowing Jesus? When Christ started his ministry he immediately called disciples or followers, and for three years these men shadowed him. They listened to his preaching. They often asked questions. Jesus sent them on preaching missions and debriefed them on their return. After his resurrection, he commissioned those same followers to be his representatives in this world.
Any person who has received Jesus Christ as his/her Savior and Lord becomes His disciple and follower. What that means in practical terms is that we are to live our daily lives in such a way that our behavior demonstrates we are shadowing the One we confess. Have you thought about your life in those terms? Have you considered what might have to change if you would shadow Jesus on a day to day basis? Most importantly, do you understand the blessings he promises to those who shadow him?
Join us this Sunday at 10:00 am. Together let’s make shadowing Jesus the priority of our lives.