It was a regular Monday evening at a senior care facility. Hamburgers were on the menu, and an 87-year-old named Patty was eating hers when she began to choke. But just in the nick of time, another resident came to the rescue and did the Heimlich maneuver on her—saving the day. That resident was none other than 96-year-old Dr. Henry Heimlich himself, the doctor who is widely credited with inventing the procedure. For Patty’s sake, it was a good thing that Dr. Heimlich actually modeled what he taught!
The apostle Paul reminded young Titus that he should model what he taught as well. He urged him to be an example by presenting the Scriptures in a way that was above criticism and a credit to all believers in Jesus: “Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized” (Titus 2:8). Paul noted that his protégé’s teaching would have a lasting impact only if it was backed up by a blameless and consistent lifestyle filled with good works (Titus 2:7), for Titus’ life and ministry were always on display.
When writing to Timothy, another young pastor, Paul also told him he should set an example for believers in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity (1 Timothy 4:12). For these young leaders, every word and action was to be carefully measured so that any basis for slander was removed and the gospel could press on in power (Titus 2:8).
If we desire to reflect Jesus well to others, we too, through the power of Christ’s Spirit (Ephesians 3:16), should pursue a life of integrity that opens the door for others to receive our testimony of Christ. With hearts full of praise to God, may we follow and model Jesus with words and actions that give us the right to be heard by those who need Him.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Acts 7:1-29
Read John 13:1-11. What did Jesus model for His disciples and for us?
How comfortable are you in having others follow your example in living for Jesus? What do you need to do differently this week to model what you teach?