I've mentioned it before, but I will say it again: my 10 year old teaches me a lot. Every day, the boy gets up at 5:30 am to read his Bible. I'm not quite sure how much he reads, but he's determined to get through it all. He's just finished Deuteronomy, and this morning he dived in to Joshua. I'm not sure about you, but I don't know many 30, 40, 50 and older "year olds" who like getting through Deuteronomy and Leviticus! He amazes me. Lately, the Lord has been shifting my focus in being an example to my children, even more so than I already am. So I get up before my kiddo now, and make sure that when he wakes, he sees me at the table studying. I'm not doing this to be competitive, but I wish him to see his dad as an example of someone who seeks God. The Lord has opened up so many doors through this! We are even able to have conversations about what we're reading, and the Lord is growing us both.
Why do I say this? Whether we're parents, or not, we're examples to someone. In fact, we're called to make disciples. We're making disciples, one way or other, and we're either leading people to Christ by example, or we're giving people reasons to not follow. Why not lead people to Christ? What are we in Christ for, if not to lead people to Him? You're here with a purpose. God has designed you for example. You don't get to decide if you're a leader, whether or not you like it, you're always leading. How is completely up to you.
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.