Let no one look down on [you because of] your youth but be an example and set a pattern for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in [moral] purity. Until I come, devote yourself to public reading [of Scripture], to preaching and to teaching [the sound doctrine of God’s word]. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, [that special endowment] which was intentionally bestowed on you [by the Holy Spirit] through prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands on you [at your ordination] Practice and work hard on these things; be absorbed in them [completely occupied in your ministry], so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself [concentrate on your personal development] and to your teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 1 TIM 4:12-16 (AMP)
The habits, attitudes and character that determine one’s future are cultivated at the time of childhood and youth. It is much easier to bend a child or youth to learn new ways than it is to teach an adult to drop old ways. Count yourself fortunate if you are still in your years of youth. Even if you think you are not so young in terms of chronological years, if you can still think creatively, inventively and bubble with a hunger for growth and excellence, then you too are a youth and today’s meditation is also for you.
The advice from the passage to the youths is “Let no one look down on [you because of] your youth but be an example and set a pattern for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in [moral] purity.” (1 Tim 4:12). Put differently, scripture says that instead of allowing others to sway you to their own ways, you should be the one that is showing them the way. The impact of peer pressure is strongest at the time of youth. But a young person that has discovered the truth can live such a productive and admirable life that other young people will want to learn the keys to greatness from him.
The time of youth is also a period to be more adventurous, enterprising and daring. It is a time to experiment with your own ideas, even if many have told you they will not work. You make them work when you do this: “Give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine”; and “Do not neglect the gift that is in you”.
My heart’s desire is to be an example to my generation through productivity and right living.
Father I thank you for your infallible Word of God. I repent for being a hearer and not a doer deceiving myself. I ask for your supernatural grace to be doer of your Word in Jesus’ name.