Following the example of other Christians.
v 7 Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.
I’m writing these notes in the run-up to Christmas and have just written a card and brief letter to the now very-elderly Pastor of the first Church to which I belonged in London some 60 years ago. To be honest, I would be hard-pressed to remember anything from his sermons, but I remember the man and the quality of his life as a Church leader. It was his teaching and example of how to live the Christian life that made the deepest impression on me. His was the kind of example that any right-minded young Christian would be happy to follow, and it bore fruit in the lives of many in the congregations he served.
That same notion might well come to mind when you think back to your days at school. Long after you forget what the teacher actually taught you, you go on remembering the teacher – for good or ill. You remember whether he was a bully, or totally fair, and whether he marked your work carefully or was indifferent to the progress you might have made.
And that is how we shall all be remembered as Christians. Were we fair and loving, was our faith genuine or no more than a Sunday-Show?
Christian leaders are more on show in this way than most of us, and any hypocrisy is seized upon to discredit the faith that is being proclaimed. So pray for our leaders, that their example of gracious love and care for others will be remembered and followed by us all.