We have come to one of the most important message for the series. Before writing anything let me put few verses here. Let see what Paul, when writing to his spiritual son Timothy had to say to him.
1 Tim. 4:12-16 “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.”
Paul had something really serious to tell Timothy. Timothy has to set an example to all believers in
- What he say
- The way he live
- In love
- In Faith
- In purity
Also he was asked to keep close watch on his life and his doctrine or teaching.
One of the biggest needs of the church today is people who will set an example for others to follow. One thing I always see is that people who are leaders or who do anything in the church or who are seen in front always influence other people. Sometimes it’s positive and some times its negative. I have seen people who when they came to the church for the first time are different. They look at people around them. But after 2-3 weeks I have seen that they become like others. The danger with this is that sometimes people also leave the good things they have and sometimes they take up bad things from others. If people are influenced for better then that’s really good. We should always make sure that we are influenced by the good things of other people and not by anything that is not beneficial.
That’s gives a call for us to move from what is permissible to what is beneficial. We have to take off things from our life that may badly influence others. We have to add on things to our life that with influence others in a positive manner.
We have to examine our life every day and ask God to show things that He wants us to add as well as delete from our life. Then only we can become an example for others to follow. Let no one despise our youth. Set an example before others. In 1 Cor. 11:1 Paul says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” I few have to say to anybody to follow our example then we will have to follow the example of Christ.
So we will have a set an example before others in everything we do. To do this we will have to follow the example of Jesus Christ.
Remember that People who belong to a Godly Generation set an example for others to follow. They will set an example to all believers in what they say, in the way they live, in love, faith and purity. They will closely watch how they live and watch their teaching or doctrine so that others can follow and being influenced in a positive manner.
May God Bless You!