The makeup of a person’s physical body or the level of esteem that others hold for a person.

We all cast a long shadow through our lives and our stature is an important element in how the shadow is cast. A person who is a hero or an icon casts a huge shadow that many follow. If a person finds themselves to be defined by society in such a way they must check themselves to make sure their focus and direction is worthy of followers. They must also remember to stay humble as pride comes before a fall and a hero can turn into a heel in a split second.

As Christians our focus and efforts should be on Christ and Him alone. He is our hero and icon and the one to which we pattern our lives. In so doing we will desire intimate relationship with the Father as Christ did when he would separate himself from the crowds for prayer.

Our pattern of life should be as Paul writes in Ephesians…
‘But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. ‘ Ephesians 4:7-16

So, the shadow that we cast on others should be based on our pursuing the fullness of Christ in our lives. Our stature then would be humble and worth something to others. Let us therefore, chase after this fullness and in so doing be examples to the world of true Christian brotherhood.

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