Your example becomes someone else’s experience.
The Book of 2 Kings covers the reign of 27 different kings – 16 from Judah and 11 from Israel. Out the 27 kings only 2, Hezekiah and Josiah, served the Lord with their whole heart. 7% of the kings were a positive example.
The result: God’s people made bad decisions, worshipped idols, faced difficult times and became a reflection of their leaders. What’s the point? Your example becomes someone else’s experience.
If you want your kids to put God first in their lives – you have to put God first in your life.
If you want your friends to attend church with you – be an example of the Christian life at work.
If you hope your spouse comes to faith in God – make sure that you are pushing them toward God by your actions.
You see, what we do matters. There is power in our actions. Proverbs 4:26: “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” We have to think before we act or speak.
Do you know why God gave us two ears and one month? So we can listen twice as much as we speak.
The words careful thought in the original Hebrew means “to weight it out” – in other words, to consider the consequences.
Will this action help or hurt people?
Am I “weighing out” what I say on social media?
Do I consider the words I speak and actions I take?
We have to weigh it out because our example becomes someone else’s experience.