Searching for Righteous Examples: 1 Timothy 4:12

Day 13/30

"Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young.  Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, and your purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)

In my experience, some people seem to look down on others, or think less of others, who are young.  At age 41, when I get together with many other pastors, I am still considered the "young one."  I'll take that.  :)  And I have often used this verse to rally young people to step up to the plate and not be satisfied with the low-expectations of society nor self.  If you've ever been a student of mine, you have probably heard me ask you to repeat after me, "Do NOT... let ANYBODY... look down on you... because you are young... including myself."  Almost defiantly shouting these words as if to say, "YEAH!  I'm a person too!"

But the truth of the Scripture here isn't defiance... it's righteousness.  When you are a good example to others in what you teach (with your words and with your life), in the way you live (aware that the world does not revolve around you), in your love (for God and for others), and in your purity (do I even need to mention that this is where we're totally missing it these days?)... then no one will be able to think less of you because you are young.  Don't try to impress anybody, just get connected and stay connected to Jesus... follow Him, live surrendered to Him... and you will be the great example you were created to be! 

So start today, and start with yourself!  Do NOT let anyone think less of you because you are young!  You can do this by following Jesus and being an example to all other believers in what you teach, in how you live, how you love, and... this may cost you, but it is SO worth it... your purity!  Guys, we need you.  We, as a society, are in desperation, searching for righteous examples.


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