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Set An Example (3 of 4)
Series: I Timothy Chapter 4
I Timothy 4:11-12
Back in 1958 Chuck Swindoll was a young Marine stationed on the island of Okinawa. He became friends with Bob Newkirk because there was something refreshing about him. He was devoted to the Lord, but it was never for the purpose of public display and Chuck loved that.
His balanced Christian life is what Chuck admired most about him.
Bob was serving with The Navigators, an international Christian organization committed to ministering to military personnel.
However, Bob never tried to squeeze Chuck into some Navigator mold which he liked.
He never got the impression that Bob was interested in making big impressions on him or other people. He was what he was, plain and simple - far from perfect, but authentic and real.
Chuck remembered dropping by his home late one afternoon to pay an unexpected visit. His wife said that he was not home, but probably at the office because he just wanted some time alone.
Chuck decided to go to the office. He made his way there, but before he arrived he heard singing in the distance . . . "Come,
thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace."
He recognized the voice, it was Bob's voice. He stood outside listening in the rain as his friend continued singing the hymn.
Then, Chuck confessed, he peeked in the window and saw his friend on his knees without anyone else around. He was spending time with the Lord . . . all alone.
As Chuck stood there with the rain dripping off his nose and ears,
he eyes filled with tears of gratitude. Bob never knew he had come by that afternoon, but without knowing it, Chuck had got a glimpse of authentic Christianity. Not piety on parade . . . not spiritual showtime, but a man "in the shelter of the Most High." A man who faithfully walked with God and made an impression on him.
God wants our lives to be examples to others in word and deed.
What we do makes more of ...
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