Some time ago, something needed fixing in my house, and it involved climbing. And I was asked to make the climb. The cases of ‘fall from height’ and ‘fall astride’ that I’d seen in the emergency department gave me a severe case of “cryodactilitis”; cold feet. It was quickly cured though when I saw my mother attempt to climb. She stopped telling, and started showing me what to do, and I thought, “if she can do this, why can’t I?”
“In my first book I told you Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach…”Acts 1:1 (NLT)
“Whosoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them,] he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:19 (NKJV)
Jesus placed a high premium on practicing what you teach. No matter what anyone thinks of you, or what you think of yourself, Heaven does not call you “Great” until you’ve obeyed what you teach others. God puts everyone on a pedestal, to be an example. If you’re a leader, teacher, parent or parent-to-be, you’re on a pedestal. If you’re a Christian, you’re on a pedestal. You’re being watched as an example.
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)
You can’t pass down anything of lasting impact if your message and your way of life don’t align. Your life cannot glorify God if you do not practice what you teach. If you need to make an assessment of your proclaimed beliefs so that your actions can be in line with those beliefs, please do so.
By all means, let your life be an example of what you preach or teach. And by all means, let it be a good example.