There are some things in life that it is much easier to achieve is there is an example to follow.
An official form that shows you how to complete it at the beginning, an exam paper with an example at the top of how to set out the answers, how to make something that you’re not sure how it should look, or even how to set a table with everything in the right order (if these things trouble you!)
Of course it’s also possible to see bad example, that can either make people think it’s ok to follow suit, or make us realise that’s not a good way to go.
Either way, it’s important to be aware that people are watching what we do, and may see our behaviour as a way to follow.
Paul commends the Thessalonians for their behaviour. They are setting a fine example for others to follow.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3
They are putting their faith into practice; they are working because of their love; and their hope in Christ holds firm. They are not just saying what they believe, but living it out. Word has spread, not just about what they are doing, but why they are doing it. Their faith in God has become known, which is leading others to know that God.
So, how about our Christian lives? Are they commendable, worthy of others following our example? Or might we be leading others astray with our behaviour? Leading people to think some actions are ok – when they are clearly not.
Not only are other people watching – God is too.
What might he have to say about the way we behave?
people are watching me.
They see what I do,
what I say,
how I behave.
And if they know that I know you,
that reflects on you.
May the example I set
be a good one,
may it point to you,
and all you can do.
Not that people will think how good I am –
but see how good you are