Living Exemplary Lives

Out of one hundred men, one will read the Bible, the other ninety-nine will read the Christian.

D.L. Moody

The Puritan Thomas Brooks said,

Example is the most powerful rhetoric.

The single greatest tool of leadership is the power of an exemplary life. We teach what we know but we reproduce what we are. For this reason, the New Testament has much to say about the crucial role of example.

To the Corinthians Paul wrote, “I exhort you therefore, be imitators of me” (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1). In Philippians 3:17 he said, “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.” In Philippians 4:9 he wrote, “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.” He reminded the Thessalonians that “…our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit (1 Thess. 1:5-6; 2 Thess. 3:7-9). The writer of Hebrews exhorted his readers to “remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith” (Heb. 13:7). The New Testament is replete with instruction critical role of example

The preacher is to take heed to himself lest his example contradict his doctrine; lest he unsay with his life that which he has said with his tongue. Those who teach by their doctrine must teach by their life, else they pull down with one hand what they build up with the other.

My prayer is that we all finish our course well in order that we leave a godly legacy not an ungodly liability.

Blessings to you.