How do we lead by example? What example are we exhibiting to the rest of the world? Can we truly say we live for God?
An effective way to bring out the best in ourself is through a trial or struggle of any sort. During tough times are where leading by example is most important, in my opinion. It has been said that it is not what you know that is important, but what you do with what you know. During the time of Jesus the world was ready for a revolution. The expectation at the time was that the Messiah would be a military leader to stage a revolt against oppression.
Imagine the surprise of everyone when Jesus brought a message that the entire world could be saved, and not a word of war, violence or outright revolt! He was sent to fulfill the Law and Prophesies. His path did not encourage violent behavior, and He was destined to go to the cross peacefully, for our sins.
Jesus was concerned about teaching character. Treat others as you want them to treat you. Trust in the Lord and love your neighbors, friends and enemies alike. Patience and persistence were in his voice when he taught the Gospel. He did not even strike out when He was arrested and beaten by the Roman soldiers, in fact rebuking one of His followers for acting out in violence. Jesus used a quiet voice to calm the seas when awakened by His followers. His faith was centered on the Father and He did not become agitated. He led by the highest example, a divine example.
Jesus knew his role in the salvation of the world—you and me. His role was sacrifice and He ultimately led by example. Can we too follow this example?
Ask yourself how you can become an example for others in all situations. Can you offer a kind word to a stranger? Can you turn the other cheek when an enemy speaks harshly to you?
Live by faith in all things and God will provide a strong tower of refuge in times of trouble. The wind may be blowing all around, but you are safe in the Lord. He has redeemed the sinner and the meek shall inherit the earth. Not by words of grandeur can we lead others, but by simple Christ-like love for the world our actions will speak volumes for us. Most of the communication we exhibit is through non-verbal action—about 55% of what we do speaks for us! That is over half of our communication is displayed in our actions—our facial expression, our body posture, our movement and our stance. Keep this in mind when leading by example.
Reading and meditating on the word of God brings strength to your actions. Putting the word and voice of God into your heart will increase surety of step and bring out the leader God wants you to become. Listen to His call and walk with confidence, knowing that others are watching your every step. Measure your words carefully and ensure that what you say is consistent with what you do.
An example is reading the Bible. We can not tell our children to read the Bible every day when we only bring it out ourselves on Sunday for church. Non-verbal communication (over 55% impact of teaching) is in your action (reading the Bible only on Sunday). Only a small percentage of what you say makes any kind of impact. Your audience will only follow your action, not your words. Actions truly speak louder than words.
The next step is to reinforce our words through true example. Take the time to read the Bible everyday—at 7am every morning I bring out my Bible and study the word of God. When my children rise for the day they see Daddy pouring over the word of God. They then are interested in getting their Bible out and read their own Bible study for the day.
I urge you to drink deeply from good books, especially the Good Book. Lead by this example and the Lord will help you lead in other areas of your life as well. Different passages will strike you differently each day. And when you create this foundation in the Word, you create actions that become consistent with your words. In the end you will assist in bringing out the best in others, because you insist on the best in yourself.
Insist upon the best in yourself and encourage the best in others. Through calm, quiet strength in the Lord we can create peace in our part of the world together. However, this transformation begins within each of us. Praise the Lord for His great mercy and forgiveness.
Bio: Brian has written his poetry book, Poetry for Browsing, a collection of poems. The book may be purchased at www.publishamerica.net.
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