Your Life, An Example

Dear Sons and Daughters,

In this letter, I want to address some of the areas in which you need to be an example. While there are many areas to address, I will concentrate on three of them: your business life, social life, and church life.

My prayer, hope, and expectation for sharing are that you will use this checklist for your life, and use the following scriptural exhortations to determine if your lifestyle measures up to the Word of God. Remember, Christians and non-Christian are looking at your life. Let’s begin the evaluation:

Your Business Life

Your business life is the life you live in your place of employment or the marketplace. If you are an entrepreneur or an employee, what kind of life are you living in your place of business? Are you treating your employees with dignity and respect? If you are the employee, are you putting forth your best effort or are you giving minimum effort? Do you get to work on time or are you always late?

Here are a few verses to help you:

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)

“Those who have believers as their masters (Employers) must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these principles.” 1 Timothy 6:2 (NASB)

Your Social Life

Your social life is the life you live away from your business/work and church. Does your social life 
line up with the Word of God? Many believers practice different lifestyles when they are socializing away from business/work and church. Remember that the lifestyle you lead in the church should be the same lifestyle you exercise at work and in your social life.

Here are a few verses to help you:

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Don’t give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God. I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.” 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 (NLT)

“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT)

“Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority-whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.” 1 Peter 2:12-14 (NLT)

Your Church Life

Finally, let’s talk about your church life. Does your lifestyle in church pattern the Word of God? Can you say as the Apostle Paul: “Imitate me as I imitate Christ”? (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Here are a few verses to help you:

“Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.” Philippians 1:27 (NLT)

“Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:2-3 (NLT)

Conclusion

As I stated earlier, I hope you use these verses as a checklist for yourself. Here is an assignment for you. Mark those areas where you believe you are particularly strong (√) and mark those areas where you need to improve (X).

From My Heart!

Be Blessed,
Bishop Jemmott

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