1 Timothy 4:12,15 – Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to all. (NASB)
1 Peter 2:21-22 – For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth. (NASB)
Have you ever driven along on a highway or road and just happened to notice how a branch from one tree and another branch from another tree criss-crossed and formed a "cross" — but then as you drove by very quickly, the "cross" disappeared?
Have you ever walked along a path or along a sidewalk and for some reason, looked at something and again, it looked like a "cross" to you?
Have you ever looked at the bricks of a house or the front door of another house, and, in the design, seen a "cross"? I have.
The other day, I was picking up a friend to go to a Bible study. I pulled into her driveway and parked the car. As I waited, I happened to look across the street at a house. The way the windowsill and a tree were lined up, I could see a "cross". When my friend entered the car and I started to back up, the "cross" slowly began to disappear. When I started to go forward and I stopped the car at the right place, I saw the "cross" again, but it disappeared again when I went further ahead.
What a lesson that was to me! As a believer, if we go backwards or start to slide in our faith, we will soon lose sight of the "cross". If we go ahead of what God has planned for our life and do our own thing, we will soon lose sight of the "cross" also. It is in staying at the right place, the place where God has placed us, and living as His example in Christ, that we will never lose sight of the "cross".
Prayer: Father, keep our eyes focused on You only. Help us each to grow spiritually into a mature man or woman until we see You face to face. Amen.