Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 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. Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. 1 Timothy 4:11-13 (NLT)
Your Life Speaks
Your life speaks. What does that mean? Your life and how you live it will convey a message. Your life will set an example. All lives set an example. Some lives set very good examples. Other lives set very poor examples. All the thoughts and words and deeds of your life will become the content of the message of your life. Will your life send out a good message and example for others to follow? I certainly hope so. Hoping so will not make it so. What will make my life able to send a good message and be an example for others to follow? I’m sure you know the answer to your question. You are? Yes, I am. Let me hear your answer. I can’t live the life that you want me to live without your help. No, you cannot. You have given me your word. You want to speak your word into my life. Yes, I do. You want me to know and do your word. Yes, I do. But, you are getting a little ahead of yourself. You want to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life with your word. Yes, I do. You will use your word to mold and shape my life. Yes, I will. You will use your word to cleanse and purify my life. Your word will change all the thoughts, and words and deeds of my life. Your word will fan the flame of my desire to live my life with and for you. Yes, it will. Your word will help me to stand against temptation. Your word will be a sword in the Holy Spirit’s hand to fight in me, with me and for me. You will use your word to help me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Yes, I will. I am sure that if I let your word dwell in me richly, my life will send out a good message and be an example for others to follow. I have absolutely no doubt about that. Nor should you.
So, what will be the focus of your life? Listening to you, will be the focus of my life. Meeting with you in your word, will be the focus of my life. Listening carefully to all that you say to me, will be the focus of my life. Going and doing what you ask of me,k will be the focus of my life. That is very good. What am I asking of you now? You are asking me to love you and serve others. You are asking me to teach and encourage others to live their lives with and for you. You are asking me to live a faith filled and pure life that will demonstrate your love to others. Yes, I am. Will you go and do that? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, use my life to teach others. Use the thoughts and words and deeds of my life to be an example that others can follow. Help me to live a pure, faith filled life, that demonstrates your love to others as I encourage and teach fellow believers with your word. Amen
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