Setting an Example ( Life of Leader)

1 Timothy 5:12:

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity


Today my message is about “Setting an example”  to those that are around you: your friends, your coworkers, your brother your sister, even your father and your mother.

This verse is part of Paul’s instruction given to Timothy when he was given a special task at the church of Ephesus.  We first learn about Timothy is Acts Chapter 16.  When Paul arrived at Lystra, he met this young many named Timothy. It says he was a disciple, his mother was a believer, but his father was a greek.  People spoke good things about him. So Paul took him along on his missionaries.

While he was under the leadership of Paul, he probably began to learn how to plant churches and be leader. Eventually he was given a special task at the church of Ephesus to teach and instruct them on how to live a godly life . Now since he was a  young, many elders might have questioned him.

We are familiar with the experience that Timothy is facing. We have all been in situation where you have something to suggest or say when the  elders, but no matter how good your suggest sounds they might either ignore you or disagree it with because the words are coming from someone young.  Similar Timothy was encountering the  same issues as the youth is facing.  He probably went upto them and said, No stop believing in those fales myths. I want everyone to lift up holy hands in prayer.  Women be submissive and be quiet. I’m sure they didn’t like hear this, especially the ladies.


After that

Then he goes on to giving the overseers and the decons of the church and tell them on how to run the church.


Now the task that he was given was extremely hard. I don’t know how someone is suppose to do this. But there is a way.  Paul says to Timothy, don’t worry, they might not listen now. But do this. ” Set an example” .  Set an example in everything you do.

  • Set an example in Speech, meaning pay attention to the words  you say.

We know words are the most powerful tool we have. There is a saying ” Words can make or break  worlds”. Obama do not become the most powerful man in the world by shooting or use of his own physical power.

Words were even more powerful when God created the heaven and the earth.

What you say in this world dramatically the outcome of the lives around you.  Paul wants Timothy to speak the word , speak about Christ. Similarly God wants each of us to speak with humbleness . Speak the Good news.  Our Bible has many things to say about how you speak …

Ephesian 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Proverbs 18:20-21

From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 15:4

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

 “Set and Example in Life”

Paul wanted to Timothy to live in a way that pleased  God.  Doing good deeds, helping the poor, and helpless. Life of prayer. Living according to desires not of his heart but Gods. A Life that does not confirm to this things of this world. A life so that his name is Glorified . Sometimes we get caught up in the things of this world. We are trying to fullfill our own desires when it comes to school and finding a good job.  Trying to meet the expectations. That’s okay.  But God wants his children to remember him every part of your life.  He wants you to make him part of everything single aspect of your life.  Bible tells us that we cannot survive on this world on our own.  We need help.

Mathew 4:4

‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

We need God in everything that we do.

Set an example of Love: 

Paul want Timothy to love the people around him. Sometimes these people might have hated him because he gave so many commands. But despite that, he wants Timothy to Love. He want Timothy to to love them so that when they see, it reflects the love of Jesus.  Children of God we are all called to Love one another. Even your enemies. Jealousy and hate are the roots of Evil.  But Love is of Jesus inherited by us, because Jesus lives in us.

John  1st John 4: 11.

Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Paul wants people to see the Love of Jesus through the love that Timothy has .  Jesus wants the world to see his Love,using each of one just as Timothy was used.




Set an example of  Faith.

Faith is important. This is what keeps us moving.  That’s what kept Paul moving. Our Faith in our Jesus , gives us hope. Gives us hope to fight a battle against evil. Our faith builds and strengthen us in the time of trouble.   Paul wants to have the same Faith and also to share the faith and hope in Christ.

And last  thing Paul advices Timothy is that “Set an example”  of Purity

Purity : Important to keep your mind and your body away from its worldly desires.  Purity is a battle faced by everyone single person. Many fall into it and become unclean.  Keeping your thoughts, minds and heart after what God is going to give or has already is sometimes difficult to many people in this world. Even to believers.

When Daniel was faced with a situation where he was almost  forced to  committing adultery, he ran off.  So should Timothy, so should we.



Be diligent in the matters, give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.