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Sermon #65: The Exemplary Christian Life

"I declare that I am an example to my world," you may claim.

 

The question is: "What kind of example are you"? Every Christian should constantly ask themselves this question: "What kind of example am I to those around me?" It is recommended that Christians examine themselves now and again in this regard.


A Christian should be a living sermon or testimony, a walking biblical message, a role model and a free, human daily devotional. A Christian should be a written message that women, teens and men alike may all see and read and be inspired by. 


The authentic Christian life is a sermon in action. If you live this kind of life, without saying a single word those around you will see and hear your example loud and clear!


"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) Set an example, be exemplary, Paul instructed Timothy. You are hereby also instructed as such.


If you are a Christian, your primary role is to set a Christ example in every respect - in speech, in life, in love and in purity. Yes, the above-cited bible verse is clear - you ought to be an example in everything - no exception - in speech, in life, in love and in purity - to the glory of God.
 
It is not enough just to be born again; it means everything to live the exemplary Christian life! "In every aspect of life, set them an example by doing what is good." - Titus 2:7 (NIV) Valuable teaching this is!

Jesus did not just teach us the right things to do; He also did the right things! Listen to Him speak: "I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you." - John 13:15 (NIV). 

So did Paul! While teaching the Thessalonians about the importance of work and the evil of idleness, Paul said, "For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you." - 2 Thessalonians 3:7 (NIV). I say 'amen' to this.

Paul did not teach them only by wordsbut also by deeds, thus setting an example that could not be contested. It is because of this that Paul could say, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." - 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV).

"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps." - 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)


It's now time for personal introspection: What kind of example are you setting?