Leading by Example
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 8,9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 4:11-16
First and Second Timothy are Paul’s letters to a young preacher named Timothy who Paul sent to lead the church in Ephesus. Paul had a great deal of love and respect for Timothy, and he wanted Timothy to be successful and to remain faithful. Paul knew, however, that Timothy’s young age might be a problem for some of the members of the Ephesian church. Some of the believers might take issue with someone so young preaching to them. In today’s key passage, Paul encouraged Timothy by telling him not to let anyone look down on him because he was young. He then went on to give Timothy a piece of advice that still echoes with everyone in any kind of church leadership today. Paul told Timothy to lead by example. Specifically, Paul wanted Timothy to set an example for the believers in Ephesus in five areas:
In Speech – What we say and how we say it tells others a lot about us. How are we talking to others? What kind of things are we talking about? Our speech is a direct reflection of our hearts.
In Life – How are we living our lives? What are we doing? When others look at us, what do they see? Good or bad, how we live our lives is our witness for God.
In Love – What do our relationships look like? Do we treat others with love and respect? How do we act toward our spouses, our children, and our friends? When the love of Christ is in our hearts, that love will be shown toward others.
In Faith – Obviously, our faith is important, and we demonstrate our faith to others on a daily basis. Do we exhibit worry or doubt about trying times, or do we remain calm and focused knowing that God will prevail? Your faith is your testimony to God’s work in your life, and should be unwavering.
In Purity – As followers of Christ, we are called to be pure. We are called to stay away from sinful things and temptations. Our level of purity effects all of the other four areas listed above and will be demonstrated in each. Remain pure, and watch your speech, life, love, and faith improve.
Leaders in a church environment come from many different backgrounds and serve in many different areas. Leaders can be pastors, deacons, or elders, but they can also be individual believers who simply have influence with others. By the simplest definition, if anyone else is watching you and taking their cues from you, then you are a leader. If that is the case, lead by example. If you are not a leader today but strive to be one day, then begin the process of leading by example now. All of us can honor God and demonstrate our love for Jesus Christ when we set an example for others in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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