The Importance of Role Models
Daily Bible Reading – Amos 7-9; Psalm 104; Titus 2
Today’s Key Passage – Titus 2:1-8
How do you learn what it means to be a good parent? How do you learn to become a good husband or a good wife? For many things in life, we need instruction to actually learn how to do things, and we can get that instruction from a variety of places. We can read books or magazine articles for tips and advice on different topics. We can study historical figures to learn how they completed the tasks we are trying to learn. One of the best ways to learn, however, is through seeing our desired results lived out in the lives of role models. When we have strong, Godly people in our lives we can watch them to learn new behaviors. Some of us are very fortunate in this area. Some of us grew up in Christian homes surrounded by role models. As I was growing up, I learned about being a good parent by watching what my own parents did in raising me. I also learned what it meant to be a good husband by watching how my father treated my mother on a daily basis. I continue to learn more and more about becoming a better parent and husband by the people I have surrounded myself with in my life today. My circle of friends who are following Christ continue to influence me and effect my behavior in a variety of ways. They do this not by telling me how to be a good parent or a good husband, but by actually living these behaviors out in their own lives.
In today’s key passage, Paul speaks to Titus about the importance of role models. Paul knows that the young men in the church can learn a lot about life simply by watching the older men in action. Likewise, the young women in the church can take their cues from the older women. As Titus teaches the older people in the church with sound doctrine, these people can then in turn show the younger people in the church how to live through their everyday actions. For example, Paul says that the older women, “can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” (Vss. 4-5) In addition, Paul reminds Titus of the importance of a strong pastor who can be an example to all of the people in the church. He says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” (Vss. 7-8)
Would you like to become a better husband to your wife? If so, surround yourself with Godly men who treat their wives well. Do you want to learn to become a better parent? If so, spend some time with other believers and watch how they behave around their own children. Few things in life are more important than having strong role models. As you seek to improve in different areas of your life, ask yourself who your role models are in that area. Then as you learn more, ask yourself who you can be a role model to in the church. When we have strong role models, we can all improve and can all learn to live more Godly lives.
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