"Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ." I Corinthians 11:1
At least half a dozen times Paul makes a statement similar the one above.
So, is he a braggart or an egotist?
It wasn't brag it was fact! He was the real deal! He was an authentic representative of what a Christ-follower should be. In fact, he was best example of the Christian faith available at that time!
If you were alive back then and looking for a mentor who else would you have picked?
Here's something to consider that may make even more plain to understand his claim. When Paul founded this church and pastored it the Gospels had not been written. You've heard that expression, "Your life might be the only Bible others will read." Well that was literally true of the Great Apostle! So when he offers himself as an example he is not being proud he is being practical!
So, more than 2,000 years later the challenge still comes to you and me, "Follow me as I follow Christ!"
Are you following?
Are you following like Paul followed?
Can you look your son in the eyes and say, "Son, follow Christ just like I follow Christ?"
Can you look your daughter in the eyes and say, "Young lady, follow Christ like I follow Christ?"
If you can, then have you said it?
If not, why not?
If you are not able to say that with integrity why not?
What needs to change in your heart or in your habits?
When will that happen?
Why not today?