1 Timothy 4:12 (AMP)
Let no one despise or think less of you because of your youth, but be an example (pattern) for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.
• A person, action, or thing taken as a model to be copied or avoided by others.
• Something that is representative by virtue of having typical features of the thing it represents.
Christians are to be representatives of heaven. We are Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God. Our life should be patterned according to the standards revealed to us in God’s Word. We should seek to live a life that someone else would want to emulate.
Paul instructed Timothy in the scripture above to be an example in five areas;
All of these things can be visibly seen or heard by other believers and unbelievers. People are watching the way you live and they should. We are the Light of the World. Jesus invested too much for our light to be hid under a bushel.
The example you live before others can affect people’s lives for generations. Let us briefly examine our lives in the five areas mentioned above.
Speech – What am I saying from my mouth in front of others that I would want them to repeat?
Conduct- What behaviors, attitudes or habits do I consistently display before others and am I willing to mentor others in these same behaviors, attitudes and habits?
Love- Is my life an example of the love of God for others to see and hear?
Faith- The scripture mentions on a number of occasions that Jesus saw people’s faith. Can your faith be seen and followed by others as an example of true faith in God.
Purity- Is your life an example of Godly purity?
Someone is watching you. What do they see? Whose mirror will you be? Endeavor to live a life that you would want to see imitated in the people most precious to you.
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