What age are you?
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. 1 Timothy 4:12
Timothy was a young pastor and obviously, he was feeling uncomfortable with it a little. I’m sure it was hard to encourage and inspire those who had more hurts and life experiences than he did. I can relate to these feelings on a smaller level. Having spent many years in management beginning in my 20’s, it was uncomfortable when most of my crew was older than me. Many times I felt intimidated because I didn’t have the “time” into the job that others did. However, the majority of the people were responsive to me because I didn’t approach them with a superior attitude. I tried to always maintain a “servant leadership” relationship.
In contrast, now I am on the other side of the spectrum. Because of the time I wasted being far from God’s plan, I sometimes feel that maybe it’s to late. Maybe its to late to have an effective ministry? Maybe it’s to late to impact the world around me or maybe it’s too late to complete the plan and call on my life? However, it just isn’t true. God is working and God is reaching others through my life and through my gifts. Here’s the thing, it really isn’t about me or my age at all, only about my yielded spirit to His.
In today’s verse, Paul tells Timothy how to be effective at whatever age you may be right now. He says to: be an example in your words, behavior, love, spirit, faith and purity. Paul also tells him to continue to operate in the gift that is in him. He finishes this chapter by encouraging him to meditate on these things and fully surrender to these words. Then progress will be seen and in that progress he can be motivated to keep doing it consistently.
Today I want to encourage you to be an example to those around you of the love and goodness of God. No matter if you are younger or older, you can be an effective vessel where ever you are. Line your words and life up with God’s love, Spirit, faith and purity and continue in that daily. When you have your “down” time, think about it (meditate) and fully surrender to the Spirit’s prompts. In doing these things, you will save both yourself and those who hear.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 4:12-16