For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. —-Hebrews 4:15
This past week, the world lost Steve Jobs. He was a great example of determination, persistence, and endurance. Steve was adopted as an infant, dropped out of college, and lived with Autism. He had every excuse to give up. Yet, he went on to be responsible for the iPhone and Pixar pictures. When he returned to the company after making his fortune, he only took an annual salary of $1. As we look around the world, we can find many great examples of inspiring people to look to as role models. People are spreading his legacy on Facebook, the news, and all over the internet. His story is inspiring.
But, our ultimate role model, the most high priest…….Jesus, sets the greatest and only perfect example in how we should live. He was tempted in every way we are tempted. Yet, he lived without giving in to sin. He was human and walked the earth with the same sinful nature we possess. Yet, he withstood temptation, lived a life loving others, healing others, and spreading God’s word. Ultimately, he laid down His life, enduring a torturous death, knowing full well He was innocent. He paid for things He did not do, for people who hated Him, and did it all with love in His heart. He believed you and I were worth dying for. Even in His last breath, he asked God to ‘forgive them’.
Most of us have been handed trials and circumstances in life that aren’t fair. Life can be hard. It would be very easy to give up and stop trying. When things go wrong, they can easily cause us to get off track. It’s easy to allow the wrong turns in our life to become excuses for not living a life fully devoted to Him. We will never live sinless lives. But we can look to Jesus as an example and strive to live as He lived….loving others even when they don’t deserve it. Forgiving others who have destroyed us. Helping those in need…even those who are hard to help and hard to love. He understands just how hard it is to live up to His example. He understands our temptations, our struggles with others. He has been there. And He is there with you now. Call on Him to help you. You will find that through Him, you can do things you never thought possible. He is just waiting for you. What’s stopping you?