Whit’s End: A Walking Gospel

I love Paul’s encouraging words to Timothy, a young leader who becomes a pastor in a church planted during the Christian expansion.  His words are meant to lift up Timothy in the midst of his youth, but the principles and really the message itself is universal to all disciples???be an example of what you are trying to create.

Focus on working on your own development and on what you teach. If you do this, you will save yourself and those who hear you. ???1 Timothy 4.16
Really, Timothy is asked to be a walking gospel.  His job is to examine himself, his character and his development.  Here, each of us are given permission to pay attention to our selves.  Obviously not to make ourselves the center but to be sure Christ is at our center.  But the most important part of the text come at the end of v.16, “If you do this, you will save yourself and those who hear you.”  Our lives impact others lives.  The success of the gospel, in part, depends upon the witness we put forth.  If we are careful about the way we live, being sure that we are growing in Christ, others will learn and grow as a result of our example.
Your life is your witness.  Use it wisely.  Be a walking gospel.
Rev. Whit R. Martin
Pastor, New Liberty United Methodist Church

Rev. Whit R. Martin
Pastor, New Liberty United Methodist Church

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