Merchandise instructions...do you ever use them? Maybe I'm just one of those "by the book" kinda guys, but I always read the instructions when I get something that has to be put together. I know, you're supposed to just start putting it together and hope you can figure it out, but I actually like those pieces of paper with pictures and words on them that tell me what to do next. And let's be honest, some companies must pay more for the people that put those instruction booklets together because there are some that I have seen over my years that get me more confused than if I was just to sit down and start putting the thing together. Regardless of how good or bad they are, manufacturers put instructions inside their products to give you an "example" of how it is supposed to work. The dictionary defines example as something to be imitated or avoided. Now we have all had people or things in our lives that have fit that bill, and hopefully it has been the good examples that we have chosen to imitate. In fact I really want to be the type of example that others imitate. In 1 Timothy 4 Paul calls for Timothy to be that kind of example as well. There were only a couple of problems. First of all, Timothy was young and secondly he was stepping into a place full of people that thought they had everything right and didn't really need some young gun coming in and showing them how to follow Christ. Regardless of that, Paul encourages Timothy to not let anyone look down on him because of his age but to be an example in speech, life, love, faith, and purity. Come to think of it...this is the calling of Christ on every one of us. Regardless of our age we should carefully choose our words. Our life should be full of behavior that glorifies Christ. We should love others through action not just word. We should stand strong in the faith even when others choose to walk away or the going gets tough. And we should "flee from youthful lusts" by keeping our sexual purity in check. Paul doesn't stop there but lays out a training plan of how to get yourself in position to do this. Get in the Word! Then speak it to others, encourage others with it, and teach others with it. Exercise your spiritual gifts...don't let them lay dormant in the background. Stay on task and actually pay attention to how you are living. Take inventory of your actions, words, and behavior. Why is this all so important? Paul closes out the chapter by reminding Timothy that it's all for the "sake of your salvation and the salvation of those who year you." People need examples...will you be the one to be imitated or avoided?
Family Challenge: Read God's Word together daily this week and talk about your questions and inspirations. Check out 1 Corinthians 12 andRomans 12 for some information about Spiritual Gifts. Start journaling your failures and successes so you can "watch the way you live."
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