“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (I Timothy 4:12).
In attempting something I’ve never seen done, I need to look over the shoulder of someone doing it. I don’t learn how to do hard things just by reading plans.
The Air Force has instructor pilots. They sit beside the student in the cockpit, showing how it’s done, then giving hands-on instruction when the pupil takes the stick.
The educational system has interns who sit in the classrooms of veterans and learn from them. Other occupations have apprentices, associates, and trainees.
A word to the pastors and other church leaders among us: Show us how it’s done. Be Exhibit A.
Give the young believers coming after you a pattern to follow, for some look in vain for instances of believers living what they are hearing. Give the old crusty veterans a close example of one living out the Christ-life, for some have given up hope of ever seeing that.
Do you want us to go door to door, sharing the gospel or inviting neighbors to a church event? Then, the week before, you get out there and knock on a hundred doors. In doing so, not only will you be able to help your people later when instructing them, but it will free up your spirit more than ten hours of prayer. Honestly. There is no substitute for just getting out there and doing it.