A Model of Faith

– Virginia’s article from the November 2015 Newsletter

Don’t let anyone look down on you
because you are young,
but set an example for the believers
in speech, in life, in love,
in faith and in purity.
—1 Timothy 4:12

All Saints Day (All Hallows Eve) is a day that is celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants on November 1. Its purpose is to honor those who have given their lives to serve the church. All Saints Day is similar to a Christian memorial day, a day set aside to celebrate the lives of all the great heroes of the Christian faith. All of these “saints” have set an example for how God’s people should live. Hebrews 13:7-8: “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you, consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

“We all have choices to make, and those choices matter to the ones around us. We need to live our lives free from sinful acts or habits. Our ultimate leader is Jesus, and he will never change. Whenever we are in joy or despair, faith or doubt, sin or grace, millions of believers have gone before us. Some have failed miserably, other have triumphed gloriously. But at the end of the race, whether they ran well or poorly, they all found rest in God’s grace that knows no boundaries and a love which knows no limits.”*

Regardless of your age, young or old, boy or girl, God can use you! Be the example for others to follow—you might be the only Christian they know. Demonstrate your faith in God every day, and encourage others that are following Him. You never know who is watching from the sidelines.

We don’t need to be part of a certain denomination to remember all the “saints” and people that we know who lead a life for Christ. Let us use their lives as examples and strive to become examples ourselves on how to live for Christ in all we do.