Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
People can never be biblical leaders and truly mature until they come to realize that God has called them to be examples to others. As the Lord Jesus pointed out, “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher”(Luke 6:40)
Every child of God is called to be a role model for the world to copy. It is the responsibility of believers to reproduce themselves in others by their good works. This is the purpose of our calling. Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto Good works, which God hath ordained that we should walk in them.” Being an example places on us awesome responsibility because everything you do is a statement. Being an example makes you a pathfinder, and a positive pace-setter for others in life. In our opening text, we see Paul instructing Timothy as to his obligations. Paul charges him to “be an example to the believers..” Also, in Titus 2:1-15, we can infer that Titus is being encouraged to be an example and to teach others to be godly example.
Timothy and Titus are not the only people expected to be examples but every born again child of God is to follow the example of Christ to be fully qualified as a Christian who can also lead other Christians. Therefore we must prove to others that we are real and genuine in our conduct, our interactions, our speeches, our attitude and in all manner of our conversations.
One of the dynamics of true living is influence. In life, you are either influencing people or people are influencing you. Your lifestyle makes a louder statement than what you say. If you say you are a believer in Christ; is your character portraying the life of Christ to influence others to desire Christ? If we teach our children about loving God, loving others and the importance of assembling ourselves with other believers to worship, grow and minister to others (Hebrew 10:24-25) do we demonstrate the reality of this by doing same ourselves?
Do we teach our children the principle of being on time, of doing all things decently and in order? Then are we constantly late to church ourselves? Do our children often miss church because we are so disorganised that we are unable to make it? Action speaks louder than words. When we put into practice the positive virtues we teach our children, they become positive influence to their peers and to their generation. Only positive examples are recognised in the kingdom.
Your relevance in life is on the basis of your exemplary lifestyle in the kingdom, in your family and in the society at large. Do you want a book of remembrance to be opened for you in heaven? It is your positive impact and influence on others that will determine this. Therefore dare to be a worthy example of a believer.
1.Dear Lord, make me a positive example of a believer. Let my lifestyle bring glory to your name in Jesus name.
2.After the order of Ahitophel, turn the counsel of all my conspirators into foolishness in Jesus name.