Whether you are an athlete, co-worker or student, no one likes to be lectured by someone who does not practice what they preach. While admonishing, correcting or rebuking an individual may have good intentions, when this act is carried out by a hypocrite, this conversation loses its meaning. Subsequently, the purpose of any effort to illustrate what is right is lost by mere words.
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever, 1 Timothy 5:8.
As a teenager pastor, Timothy struggled to earn the respect of older members of his congregation. Understanding his frustration, the apostle Paul wrote Timothy a few letters to convince others of the correct course of action. The verse above is meant to keep in line anyone who thinks they are above God’s law. Thus, Timothy was encouraged to stress the importance of developing a godly lifestyle, not empty words.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Over time, Timothy came to realize that the standard for life is the Bible. This collection of books provides the confused, those stuck and uncertain with the answers necessary to move forward. While there will always be those who challenge authority, the Word of God is the guiding light to lead the lost. Wherever you are at this stage in life, may the Holy Spirit inspire you to become fixated on a Christ-like life style, not just words.
by Jay Mankus