Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
(1 Timothy 4:12)
We are called to live a life so as to be an example to other believers. But what does that mean, exactly? Actions, serving others and glorifying God in everything we do are all ways that we can show Christ in our lives.
A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord.
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
These two verses make it very clear that faith without works is not really faith at all. The second verse from Titus is speaking about unbelievers; if we do not act to show our faith in God, we are denying Christ and are not being God’s light to the world.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
(Colossians 3:23 – 24)
For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
Serving is an important aspect in the Christian lifestyle because it’s the ultimate showing of Christ’s love to others. God showed his love for us when he served us and, ultimately, when he sent his Son to die for us. We are called to witness to others by serving with humility.
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
(1 Peter 4:11)
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
…so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Finally, and most importantly, glorifying God in everything we do is key to living an exemplary life. Glorifying God includes giving God the glory in our accomplishments, making choices that will point to him in everything we do, and making him the center of our lives. Putting him at the center of our lives allows everything else to fall into place.
However, this isn’t easy — putting God first. It’s a constant battle, a fight to push other things aside and let God into the middle. Even though it’s difficult, God will give us strength to do his will: glorifying him and showing Christ’s love to everyone.