LEFT AS AN EXAMPLE!
"Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps" (I Peter 2:21).
Jesus Christ is your role model. He is the guide for you to lead a Spiritual life. While reading the Scripture, during many instances, you can understand that He has led a model life in every aspect.
Today, many people stumble for the reason that they resort to follow the servants of God and the evangelists, instead of God. In that situation, even though you resolve firmly to lead a holy life, there is every possibility for the shortfalls to creep into your life. So, you should always keep Jesus as your model and follow Him.
Once the parents of a small boy came to Gandhiji and complained to him that their son was consuming too much of sweets which is harmful and requested Gandhiji to advise him not to eat sweets that much. Gandhiji asked them to come after two weeks and when they came back after two weeks, he gave a piece of simple advice to the boy saying, "Dear boy, do not eat sweets."
The parents were puzzled at this. They thought that Gandhiji could have given out this simple advice even during their first visit itself and they were un able to understand why Gandhiji had asked them to come after two weeks. The boy stopped eating sweets from that day and after a few days the parents came back to Gandhiji to thank him. Gandhiji cleared all their doubts saying. "When you brought your son to me, I too had the habit of eating sweets in large quantity. In that condition, my conscience did not allow me to advise the boy not to eat too many sweets. So, from that day I stopped eating sweets gradually and in two weeks I was able to stop completely. Only after doing this I was able to advise your son whole-heartedly. I can advise others over things only which I follow."
Dear children of God, the reason for all the teachings of Jesus Christ to be the best is that He followed them in toto in His life. He is the role model for love and that is why He teaches "You love one another". He was the role model for Holiness and that is why He teaches "Be holy, for I am holy". He is the role model for leading a prayerful life and that is why He gives out a call, "Could you not watch with me one hour?”
To meditate: "Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (I Timothy 4:12).