Be ready to preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words. In other words, be an example. Christ led by example in all that he did, even being baptized though He had no sin. Jesus understood that the best teaching tool is a good example, but he also knew that being an example to others takes away their excuses for not doing the same and sets a higher standard of what is expected or even what is possible in the minds of others.
Jesus sets the standard by which all Christian aspire to live. The name “Christian” actually means “to be Christ like”. There are many example set by Jesus for us to follow but perhaps the greatest of them was that of total selflessness. Everything He did was in obedience to God and for the benefit of others, even for those that hated and persecuted him. Scripture records that many who voted and cheered for His death were later saved from eternal hell’s fire by the redemption that very dead brought. He knew with every curse and slander being spoken to him, every lash to His body, every shame, the spitting in His face and plucking of His beard, with every injustice done to Him, He knew He was baring it for the hope of saving the very one doing it. He could have stopped it all at any time, scripture says that He could have called ten thousand angels, but He didn’t. He was selfless. If we truly count ourselves to be students and disciples of the greatest teacher the world has ever known, ought we not follow His greatest lesson and example, and do the same?
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” – Philippians 2:3-5