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People love examples. For example…
In the days before the Internet, my wife and I used to buy a lot of cookbooks.
The more full color photos it had, the more likely we were to add it to our collection. Because we don’t just want to read about a recipe, we want to see what it’s going to look like when completed. We wanted an example.
When my wife and I went to buy our first computer, we didn’t want the salesman to simply describe what was in the box, We wanted to see it, touch it and try it out. We wanted, we needed, an example.
People like examples because a picture really is worth a thousand words and seeing is believing. And I can’t think of any place where good examples are needed more than in the church.
The apostle Paul understood this, and so he wrote to Timothy, 1 Tim 4:12, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”
People want to see faith lived out. They need a model of the real deal. Question: Are you willing be an example to others of what life in Christ should look like?
I don’t care if your sixteen years old, I don’t care if you just came to the Lord a year ago, the church needs people to be examples in word, in deed, in love, in faith and in purity. Why not you? If not you – then who?
Let’s not make excuses. People need to see what life in Christ looks like. Let’s show them. Make a difference in the world. Do someone a favor and be an example.