Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. – Ephesians 4:12 NKJV
It is wise for all leaders to understand that there is always someone watching them. They’re watching them inside and outside the church. People are watching to see what kind of leader are you, really. So we must always watch ourselves as leaders because someone is always watching us.
Which brings this question to bare – As a leader, what kind of example are you? Do you represent the values you say you stand for? Is there consistency between what you promote in public and how you live in private?
Paul was warning Timothy to be watchful of his behavior and to keep a keen watch on his leadership. He challenged Timothy to “be and example to the believers”. “Timothy, be sure your words and your deeds are aligned” – my translation.
Every leader will make mistakes, own them. Every leader will get it wrong, learn from it. Every leader is human, let those who follow you see your humanity. More importantly, let those who are watching you see you commitment to kingdom values even when it isn’t popular to do so. Stand for what is right.
My prayer for you today is that you will watch your leadership because people are watching your leadership.