January 11, 2020
Mark the Perfect Man
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. – Psalm 37:37
A father recently asked me to write his son a letter for the boy’s thirteenth birthday. Perhaps he thought I would have some great wisdom to share because I am an older man. I procrastinated, but after a while, sat down to accomplish the task. Having just read the autobiography of Booker T. Washington, I was inspired to quote from Washington’s book. He writes, “The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus, that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women.” It is true that role models can be crucial to one’s education. In fact, I would say that getting a moral education is impossible without a habitual vision of greatness. We need access to greatness so we can study the methods of those men and women.
The Bible is filled with accounts of men and women who were great. Some are hidden in obscurity, such as the woman of Shunem from the days of the Prophet Elisha (2 Kings 4:8). Others are much more obvious, like the Prophet Daniel, who was prominent in the Babylonian Kingdom. God’s Word is one of the best sources of role models.
Unfortunately, many of our youth today are not getting their role models from the Bible. In recent studies among teenagers, it was noted that there is a lack of men and women of integrity to be teen role models. I do not want to be negative, but it seems reasonable that this could account for some of the problems that have arisen among our youth, such as drug abuse, violence, depression, suicide, etc.
When a certain golfer was young, he set a mark to break all golfing records. He covered his bedroom with pictures of great golfers. Today, his goals are being met. Imagine what would happen if we surrounded ourselves with great Christians, as that young man surrounded himself with golfing champions. Certainly, it takes more than just pictures of good role models to make someone great—we still have to apply ourselves and work hard along the way. But having a continual reminder of what our goal is and what it takes to achieve that goal will keep us inspired and focused as we go.
The Bible tells us to mark the perfect man. God sent us His Son as an example that we should follow. If we mark the perfect Man and follow Him, we will have an expected end, and that end is peace. Who is your role model?