So that you become examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. (1 Thessalonians 1:7)
What kind of an example are you? Do you influence lives by your lifestyle? Do you impact people you do not know? Do your words match your deeds? If you desire to change any realm of your life, you will have to change the lives of others around you. Therefore, you must be an example. Jesus said, “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” The apostle Paul said to young Timothy, “Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Do you have desires for your family? Lead the way. Model what you desire and people will model you. Do not expect others to pay the price you are unwilling to pay. Before you can demand it you must consistently do it. Once is not an example. It takes repetition. That is why there are four gospels. If you truly want to be an example, just be real at what you do, and people will follow your example.