"Set them an example by doing what is good." Titus 2:7
Sooner or later the issue comes up in almost every interview or press conference.
Reporters are sure to ask celebrity athletes how they feel about being a role model to the younger generation (especially after a headline scandal). Too often, prominent sports figures have demanded that they be judged solely on their athletic achievements, insisting, What I do in my private life is my own business!¡ But inevitably someone reminds them that young people are watching and patterning their lives after their sports heroes. Like it or not, being a professional athlete means being a role model.
The same is true for Christians. Whether followers of Jesus Christ realize it or not, people all around are watching every day. Believers need to make sure they are sending them the right message!
Jesus said, Let your light shine among men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). We have been given the awesome privilege ¡V and responsibility of being His representatives, and His witnesses here on earth. He wants us to reflect His love and His light to a world lost in darkness. By our example, they may come to know Him. The apostle Paul tells us that we also have a responsibility to encourage other Christians. He said, Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity (I Timothy 4:12).
Who Me? A Role Model? Yes, you!