Lead By Example

The Heavenly Father has instructed us with everything we need to do for a healthy Christian life that will endure our Spirit throughout our lifetime.  I believe that Jesus perfectly outlines most of our user’s manual in Matthew chapters 5,6 and 7 in ways we can best understand them.  There are metaphors in His words, but the Spirit will interperet  the meaning as you read – I know it did for me.

He said we are “the salt of the earth”, meaning that we, as believers, are seasoned by God’s Word so that our flavor stands out amongst non-believers. (Matt 5:12)  We are the “light of the world” and as such He instructs us: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. (Matt 5:14-16) We are warned to not break the Laws of God. (Matt 5:19-20)  We need to endeavor, throughout our lives, to stay within the boundaries of God’s laws and His Will and purpose for us. (Matt 5:17-20)  And finally, we must be true to our actions in our hearts and live with peace and joy in our hearts as we strive to please our Lord.  If our hearts are not pure in all matters we will suffer difficult consequences. (Matt 7:21-23) (Matt 5:27-30) (Matt 7:24-27)

To lead by example, we should live by the following commands and let yourself be seen but do not tell anyone your good deeds, just leave them done in the sight of others and in the sight of God. (Matt 6:1-4)

Other ways to live a godly life are outlined below:

1. Remove all malice from your heart for hatred
is murder. (Matt 5:21-26) (Matt 5:38-42(Matt 5:43-48)

2. Prayer – Jesus teaches us how to pray and to pray in private,
by ourselves because He knows the temptation of
grandstanding ( ie:using 12 big, fancy words when 4 will do). (Matt 6:5-13)

3. Charity – This falls under good deeds, but again, give to the
needy but do it in silence and in secrect.  Do not boast about
the gifts you have given. (Matt 6:1-4)  Do all your good deeds
joyfully. (Matt 6:16-18)

4. Trust in the Lord – in this passage, Christ says “do not worry”
3 times.  So this must be especially important. (Matt 6:28-34)
(Matt 7:7-12)

5. False prophets – How can we accurately decide who is a false
prophet?  The answer is by staying in God’s Word.  If we know
how God thinks, His messages to us and His will for our lives,
we will be able to identify the false prophets and avoid them. (Matt 7:15-20)

Finally, to summarize, read the Word and obey it with a joyful heart.  You
cannot hide your heart from God.  He created us and gave us the manual with the instructions as to what we need to do to get fixed when we are broken.  I should think, then, He would know what is best for us in our lives.  As believers, we have no excuses not to ruminate on His Word and incorporate It into our lives each and every day. (Matt 7:24-28) (Matt 5:48)

I look forward to reading your comments.