Lead by example
'The elders who lead the church well should receive double honour.' 1 Timothy 5:17 NCV
We read a lot in the Bible about advice for leaders. Now, we're not all called into specific leadership roles, so we may think that this advice isn't relevant to us. However, as Christians we're all responsible for setting a good example for others in our daily lives. 1 Timothy 4:12 (NCV) says: 'Be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life.'
So how can you be effective in this area? Here's advice we can all apply to our lives: (1) Be accountable to someone. Find a trusted friend or older Christian who knows you well and can pray with you regularly, encourage you, strengthen you in your vulnerable areas, and give advice and correction. Find someone who can help shape you into the person God's created you to be. (2) Get your priorities in order. Helping out with every church activity is great, but if it means you're neglecting your family or your personal time with God, or you're getting burned out, you need to have a re-think about what you can take on. Which leads us to: (3) Protect your time with God. 'Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you' (James 4:8 ESV). Allow nothing to threaten your time with God, your greatest priority.
Let's apply this advice to our own lives and we will be leading by example.
So what now? Which of those three points do you feel is lacking in your life? Make a deliberate effort this week to work on it.
Soulfood: Obad Mal 1-4 Mk 9:30-37 Ps 18:1-29 Pro 12:23-24,