Summary: How to set an example
I am one of those people that could be classified as a Jack of all trades. Some who know me would finish the rest of the statement by saying. They would tell ya’ll he’s a Jack of all trades but master of none. One of the things I used to be in my former life was a salesman and at one time a highly successful one. People have said that I could sell an Eskimo Ice water. During my sales career I sold everything.....Shoes, Jewelry, Cars, which I wasn’t very good at, cable TV, cellular service and several different types of advertising. I was somewhat effective in the beginning of my career. I did have some raw talent. Mainly my raw talent was not being afraid. I wasn’t afraid of rejection and I wasn’t afraid of looking like an idiot. That still comes in handy. God sure does have a sense of Humor. But when I started selling the intangible things like cellular service and advertising. The things you cant see. Raw talent wasn’t enough. I needed training. I have been through months of training classes where volumes of information was thrown at us. At times it was like trying to take a sip of water from a fire hydrant. What I finally realized was I only needed to 3 know three things.
What do I do?
How do I do it?
Once I knew these 3 things I became very effective.
Christians have raw talent. We are not afraid. At least not afraid of believing in Christ as our personal Savior. But we need to be trained. We need to know those same 3 things.
What do I do?
How do I do it?
Lets take a look at God’s word and see if we can answer those 3 questions.
Turn in your Bibles to 1st Timothy Chapter 4 verses 11 through 16
11. Command and teach these things. 12. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 13. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Let us Pray
Paul was telling Timothy to set an example.
Christians need to set an example. Look at verse 12.
12. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
Paul knew that people would look down on Timothy because he was young. So he was saying to him. "Don’t give them a reason" "Set an Example" We need to heed that same warning. As Christians we need to set an example for other believers as well as those who are lost. He was telling Timothy and he is telling us to be careful in everything we do. People are watching. What are the areas we are to set an example in?
He listed 5 areas we are to be an example in.
The first area is our speech.
We should set an example to other believers in our speech. The hardest thing for me to stop doing when I started trying to live right was to control my tongue. The book of James tells us that the tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. I could clean up all the big areas of my life but I was still letting that restless little flap of meat in my mouth spew deadly poison. I used language that would make a sailor blush. Christians need to watch our mouths. Remember we are going to be accountable for every idle word. Now you may say, Richard I don’t talk like that. I never swear. I always watch what I say. I’m not like that lady, if you could call her that, that I work with. You know the one I told you about. The uses words I’ve never even heard. You remember I told you about her she ran off with the mailman that delivered her mail. I could go on and on but do you get the point I’m trying to make. You may not cuss up a storm but if you are a gossip your using your tongue to spew poison. We Should all ask ourselves 3 questions before we open our mouths to speak.