When I was a young Christian, I Corinthians 11:1 (“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”) bothered me. I did not understand it. I thought to myself, why do I have to follow Paul’s example, I can follow Christ by myself. I don’t need anyone else.
However, as I grew and begin to study, I realized I was taking the scripture out of context. 1 Corinthians 11:1 really goes with the ending verses of Chapter 10:
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. 1Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ (NIV 1 Cor. 10:31 – 11:1).
Paul was speaking to the Corinthians, teaching them about their freedom in Christ. The importance of knowing even though we are free in Christ, we should be concerned about other believers and not be a stumbling block to them. As Paul said earlier:
23”Everything is permissible” – but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible” – but not everything is constructive. 24Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others (NIV 1 Cor. 10:23-24).
Having built a relationship with the Corinthians of trust and integrity, Paul was able to say to them, look to me and watch my example as I live this life of freedom in Christ.
Have we built relationships of trust and integrity? Can we say what Paul said? Can we ask others to follow our example? What will they see in us? Will they see women of love, compassion, humbleness and generosity? Will they see women who are faithful? Will they see women who pray and study the Word of God? What will they see in us?
Let us live our lives in such a way, that we can say, “Follow my example, as I follow Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).