Powered by 4 - March 24, 2016

Public Example

Today's reading: 1 Timothy 4:11-16

In the final verses of 1 Timothy 4, Paul reminds Timothy that people are watching him and looking to his example as a follower of Christ. Thus the charge to Timothy to "set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity" (vs. 12), and also to use his spiritual gifting fully so that the example he sets is one of a growing and maturing Christ-follower.

What a good reminder for us that people (both those who have a relationship with Christ and those who do not) are watching us—how we use our words, how we respond to difficult and stressful situations, how we treat our family, how we go about doing our work, how we behave outside of church. And, that we should be mindful of our example and strive for it to be an encouragement to other believers and make Christ attractive to those who don't yet know Him.

As a Christ-follower, how often do you think about your public example, and the fact that you are a representative for Christ? On a typical day would you say your example is helpful and encouraging to other believers? Does it make being a Christian attractive to others? Tami

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