“Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.” 1 Timothy 4:16
Watch Your Actions
In the Western world, it’s usually every man (or woman) for him/herself. We are an individual based society. There are both positives and negatives to this but I’m going to stay neutral. Therefore, as individuals, we must be wary of what we are doing, because I can guarantee people are watching you. Non-Christians can’t wait to point out a Christian’s faults and errors. You have to watch everything you say and do. Your actions and words directly affect your character and how people perceive you. If your actions don’t match your words, then your words—which contain much power—can lead someone away from God and that will be on you.
On top of that, we are living in the postmodern world. Which is a reaction against the modern world and all its absolutes. In this world we live in, people (especially the younger generation) demand to see consistency in Christians. Not just consistency, but also authenticity. Don’t try to act like you have it all together at church and live like the rest of the world during the week. It is this hypocritical way of living that destroyed the belief in the absolute truth of the Bible. Live every single day and hour for God and don’t cover up your failures, let God do that.
Have you heard the saying, “Once saved, always saved?” Well, not to bash on anyone’s beliefs, but it’s hard to reconcile this text with that belief. If you read the rest of this passage you will see Paul urging Timothy to live a better life. Not to let go of the gospel; setting an example with how he lives his life and teaches the Word of God. By living this type of life, Timothy was essentially guaranteeing his own salvation and those who followed what he taught. In other words, if he didn’t live this way, he would be lost like Hymenaeus and Alexander (1 Tim 1:20).
Calling All Christians
The point of being a Christian is not just prayer, or Bible reading, or going to church once or even twice a week. The whole point of being a Christian is living out your daily life (everything you do), to the best of your ability, in the will of God. Showing love and compassion for others even when you are late for work, hungry, or tired. Admitting when you are wrong. Having respect for your elders and those younger than you. Reading the Word of God to others and practicing what you preach. This call is not just for pastors or ministers. This call is to every living, breathing Christian on this Earth. This call to live an authentic, God centered life is for you!
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