Scripture - 1 Timothy 4:12  

God loves us and has entrusted many things to us. Not only has He given us dominion over the creatures of the earth and the fowls of the air and over all living things, but most importantly, He has entrusted us with His reputation.

When we read the Apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy, his young son in the ministry, one can see that perhaps Timothy may have been easily intimidated. He may have been intimidated by the powerful or the elderly people within his congregation and community. Perhaps he was reluctant to call them to a higher level of faith in Christ Jesus. He may have been overly disciplined in his mannerisms by his mother and grandmother. Nevertheless, Paul write, “Do not allow anyone to look down on you because of your youth.”

We should set an example in our speech to others. We are to be ever aware of not only what we say, but how we say it. We should be an example of faith and purity because of our high calling. We should be people of great character and integrity. We have been given clear guidance for living with integrity. We are to be examples of love because God our Master and Savior is love, and He has commanded us that we should love one another, even our enemies (Matt. 5:44).

Therefore, let us watch our life’s walk closely, scour our life, and place it under the microscope of His Holy Word. Give yourself an occasional check-up in order to ensure that every part is working properly and within the will of God. Always remember, we are examples and our Lord’s reputation is at stake in us. Our walk is our witness. I say therefore, “let us walk in the Spirit.”

— Sister Catherine Raphael