Scripture says as much (if not more) about the “way of life” of leaders as it says about the teaching of leaders. Consider the emphasis and importance that we place on teaching in the church today. We should place as much or more emphasis on our manner of life – our conduct.
Here’s just one passage to consider:
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7 ESV)
As I think back about the time I spent in Ethiopia, I’m continually reminded about the way of life of the two men that I traveled with.
For example, although Danny was concerned about his lack of experience, he taught strangers (who turned into friends) in a prison. I saw Dave Black live with and work with others in spite of the terrible experience that he and his wife (BeckyLynn) went through just days earlier.
Now, the question that I must ask myself is this: Am I learning from their example?
And, the question that I ask other leaders: Are you teaching with your lives as much as with your words?
And, the question that I ask others: Are you learning from those who are following Christ and demonstrating that by the way they live their lives?