Our lives should be New Testament pages that all can read!

(J.R. Miller)

“Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” Titus 2:7

“Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands, so that if any of them do not believe the Word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.” 1 Peter 3:1-2

Unbelievers do not read the Bible, nor come to church to hear the gospel message. All that they learn about Christ and the Christian life–they must learn from those who bear Christ’s name and represent Him–as they view our character.

If all church members lived truly consecrated lives–holy, humble, separate from the world, loyal to Christ in business, in pleasure, and in all things–it would be impossible to estimate what the influence of the Church would be, by godly example alone. It is awful to think that professing Christians, by the inconsistencies of their personal lives, lead souls away from the Savior. We are all responsible for our example to others. Our lives should be New Testament pages that all can read!

“For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15

“Leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21

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2 responses to “Our lives should be New Testament pages that all can read!

  1. Really? It’s nice that you think to live by the word of god to the last dot and tittle will win more people to Christ. You quote some nice versus, even though I don’t really like the one about the submissive wife…

    In Matthew 8 Jesus would not allow one his disciples to bury his father. Would you NOT allow someone to bury their father?

  2. Hi Mr. Atheist,

    Actually living a life according to the Word of God does allow more people to listen to what a person has to say regarding the Gospel. It is just human nature. Can you imagine a person that has been through many marriages teaching someone how to have a good marriage? Imagine a person who cannot keep their marriage going giving advice to a couple that is in trouble. That couple would more likely listen to a couple that has a strong marriage. It’s human nature. As humans, we are less likely to take advice from someone who is a failure at something and are more likely to take advice from someone who has succeeded at something. If I have failed at something and continue to fail, why would anyone listen to my advice?

    By the same token, if my life does not reflect the teachings of Jesus, it would be very hypocritical to try and share something that I I refuse to do in my own life.

    Regarding the submissive wife, so many people take exception to that because they do not understand the meaning. First, men were given a more difficult command that is not given to women. Husbands are to love their wives as their own body. In any event, back to the initial “submissive” discomfort you have regarding this verse, it means the husband is the head of the household. If the husband is doing his duty by loving his wife as his own body, the rest is really easy. I used to work for this lawyer that was so unbelievably considerate that no matter what he asked of me, it was a pleasure to do it. I sought ways to make things easier for him because he was such a considerate and kind person to work for. People tend to think this verse means that the wife is some kind of slave that when the husband says jump, the wife is supposed to ask “how high.” In any type of relationship whether it is marriage, friendship, or whatever, if one is treating the other as they would like to be treated, it only follows that the other person will find it pleasurable to do for the other.

    Lastly, regarding burial, no, I would never ever ask someone not to bury their loved one. But then, I am not Jesus. However, what Jesus is teaching is He is above all else. In other words, it is the willingness. For instance in Matthew 19:21, He tells the rich young rule to sell everything he has. This is after the young man had told Jesus he followed the commandments. People are not required to sell everything they have in order to be saved from the penalty of sin. However, one must be willing to do what God asks.

    Take care,

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