I love it so much when people say that we are to live what we preach. As a young minister of the gospel, I have been told on countless occasions that what you do is very important. I remember a story one of my mentors used to tell me about a young city pastor and his experiences in the city.
The young preacher was in a city which was open to all activities. Clubbing, partying, smoking, drinking, etc were the order of the day. He was once invited to a birthday party of a member of the church. Upon getting to the church, He was faced with some challenging experiences with regards to the events that He was witnessing. Unknown to him, a couple of young boys in the community who were closely monitoring the man upon hearing many good things about him were watching what his actions would be.
The young pastor upon getting there started blending in the crowd and started talking to a few of them. The curious observers were interested to know what the young Pastor was discussing with the people. They drew closer to the people to hear what the pastor was telling them. When they got closer, they heard the young pastor telling them stories of his past and how he had been changed to become a preacher of the gospel. He emphasised that he did the worst things, but God has saved them. Then he invited them all to church on Sunday. Interestingly, most of the party attendees were at church that Sunday.
Beloved, your experiences in life pretty affects the message that you preach. Noting this, Paul writes to his son Timothy, whom he had left to take care of the church in Ephesus. After so many exhortations, exhorts him to:
Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.1 Timothy 4:16 (NLT)
Beloved, we need to watch closely how we live. There are always people who are looking up to us and what our next move will be. On social media, people are being posted almost every day for some actions they have done. Some of them were not aware that they were captured, but however, received applause or criticisms for their actions.
Being surrounded by such cloud of witnesses, we need to be diligent in preserving our faith in God and what he has taught us and live them out by the help of the Holy Spirit. For our lives are like letters that are read by everyone.
God bless you and remain a blessing
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