The television repairman didn’t like to think about his work when he returned home, so he never bothered to fix his TV antenna after it was broken in a storm.
One day, a new family moved in next door and the owner installed a new antenna. Knowing his new neighbour was a TV repairman, who would surely know how to get the best reception, he turned his antenna in the same direction as his neighbour’s. After studying it, he reached up and broke two arms off his new antenna.
We teach by example – whether or not we intend to do so.
- What example do we set for our neighbours?
- Are we happy for them to imitate us in everything we say and do?
- Do we allow the love, mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus to shine through us to them?
- Or do they sometimes see signs of our old nature and judge Christianity (judge our Christ) by what they see?
Jesus spoke to them saying,
I am the Light of the world.
He who follows Me shall NOT walk in darkness,
but have the light of life.
Timothy 4:12, 15
Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct,
in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them,
that your progress may be evident to all.
Ephesians 5:1-2, 8
Therefore, be imitators of God and walk in love,
as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us,
an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light.
This old poem by Annie Johnson Flint bears reading yet again, and taking to heart, determining to reflect a true example of Christ to all.
We are the only Bible
The careless world will read.
We are the sinner’s Gospel,
We are the scoffer’s creed.
We are the Lord’s last message
Given in deed and word:
WHAT IF THE TYPE IS CROOKED?
WHAT IF THE PRINT IS BLURRED?
2 Corinthians 4:3
If our Gospel is hid, it is hid to those who are lost
We need to reflect a TRUE picture of Christ