“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.” 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV ’84
People shouldn’t look down on us, instead we should set an example for them to look up to.
That’s the bottom line of this blog series, They Look Up To You. The example that we set should be one that points upward to Jesus.
Last time, we saw how our speech is important, but as important as speech is, action is more infectious. You can say as much as you want but without action, our words are nothing.
If we want to set an example for others to look up to, we have to act it out. It’s not enough to talk the talk, we have to walk the walk.
My sophomore year I was invited to a movie night type thing with some guys and girls. We were just gonna chill and get to know each other and have some fun. Great. Well the girl that invited, whom will remain unnamed (Reina), told me to meet them at the Tilley (the Student Center). So I made my way there, only to realize she had lied. Yes, she has repented and come to know Jesus. They had gone to the Club House on the other side of campus. She had told me one thing and done another. Thanks.
The action was much more influential than the words. What she said ultimately didn’t matter because the actions didn’t line up.
As leaders, our actions have to match up with our words. Our life has to match up.
Speech may be the first thing people know us by, but our actions are the thing that people will follow us by.
Our actions should show the person of Christ through serving and love.
If we are to set an example for fellow brothers and sisters to look up to, we have to live it out so they can see Jesus within us.