Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their way of life, imitate their faith. – Hebrews 13:7
Here we see some two-sided instruction from God’s word.
First, we are to “remember” those who have instructed us in the doctrines of the faith; pastors, teachers, professors, even parents and friends who have rendered biblical influence in our lives. We should think about their lives and their teaching, the principles they imparted and the lives they lived. Of course, we “remember” them best, by praying for them.
Second, we see here an implied reminder for those who lead. Leaders should live in such a way that the fruit of their ministry bears witness to the truth their lips (or writings) profess. Spiritual leaders must be able to say to all who follow, “Imitate me.” Leaders lead best when they live lives that others can follow.
This kind of incarnational connectivity (disciples remembering and leaders leading in memorable ways) is absolutely essential if we all hope to see the next generation of godly leaders to arise and serve Christ’s church.
Wherever Jesus may lead us, He goes before us. If we don’t know where we are going, we know with whom we go. – Charles Spurgeon