Remember Those Who Led You

Remember Those Who Led YouText: Hebrews 13:7

Memorial Day in the United States is for remembering those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. This is good to remember as these sacrifices have greatly contributed to our ability to lead a “tranquil and quiet life” (1 Timothy 2:2). However, there are others we should remember as well. In this lesson, we are going to consider those who have led us in the faith.

The Benefit We Gain from These Brethren

  • They provide leadership/guidance – this would directly apply to elders (1 Peter 5:2; 1 Timothy 3:4-5); yet in a general sense, there is wisdom to be gained from those who came before us (Leviticus 19:32)
  • They provide instruction – the church is designed to be a self-edifying body (Ephesians 4:11-16); one generation is to help teach the next generation (2 Timothy 2:2)
  • They provide an example of faithfulness – we are to imitate what is good, not evil (3 John 11); we are to follow the example of those who walk according to the pattern (Philippians 3:16-17)

These Brethren Are Not Around Forever

  • Death is a reality for everyone – it is appointed for men to die once (Hebrews 9:27); life is uncertain (James 4:13-15), so death could occur for anyone at any time
  • Our faith must be in God, not godly people – Peter wanted brethren to continue in the faith after he was gone (2 Peter 1:13-15, 3, 5, 10-11); we must follow Christ, not men (1 Corinthians 1:12-13; 3:1, 4); men are merely His servants (1 Corinthians 3:5)
  • Yet we can be helped by these brethren even after they’re gone – their example of faithfulness continues to instruct us (Hebrews 11:4); but it is important that we do more than just reflect upon their example, we must be faithful ourselves (Matthew 3:8-9)

We Need to Become This Type of Person

  • We need to lead others to do what is right – encourage them to follow the right path (2 Corinthians 5:11, 20); always be pointing people to Christ (2 Corinthians 4:5)
  • We need to teach others the truth of God’s word – we are to continue to grow in our knowledge of God’s word (2 Peter 3:18; 2 Timothy 2:15); as we grow, we should develop the ability to teach others (Hebrews 5:11-12)
  • We need to be an example to others – we must let our light shine (Matthew 5:16); others should see Christ living in us (Galatians 2:20); no matter who we are, we can be an example to others (1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Peter 3:1-2)

Conclusion

  • We have all benefited from the guidance, instruction, and example of others – we should take advantage of this while these individuals are around, then remember what they taught us after they are gone
  • We also need to be one like this who is such a benefit to others

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