I Peter 5:3 NKJV “Nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
The best way to lead is by example; in fact, it is the only way to lead. And make no mistake about it, it’s not only the “ogas at the top” who are leaders, you and I are leaders wherever we are; as long as people are looking up to you and following you; your children, colleagues, converts, students, admirers, fans, social media followers, etc; you are to lead by example.
The tendency is to tell people what to do; we want to give them rules and regulations; to preach to them; but we rarely set the examples for them to follow. Some people are like the Pharisees who said what they never did. And that’s why Jesus rebuked them, He said, “They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”
You tell people to pray, do you pray? You encourage people to fast, do you fast? You ask people to read the Bible daily, do you? You tell people not to tell lies, do you tell the truth always? You ask people to give, do you give often? You want others to forgive and forget, do you forgive and forget? You must be the first to do whatever you want others to do, and you must continue to do same.
Paul said to the Corinthians, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” He said to Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” And Jesus said to the disciples, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”