The Young Man’s Example
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (1 Timothy 4:12-16)
Today’s Morsel: It is great watching a young man who shows respect for himself. One who does not act and look like the world. When he addresses a lady, he addresses her as ma’am, and men as sir. One who respects his pastor and other ministers and treats the elderly with respect, and who shows loving-kindness and respect for his family and parents. When you see such, you are looking at a well-disciplined and an example of a godly man. Paul told Timothy to not allow anyone to despise his youth, but to be an example of the believer in word, behavior, love, attitude, faith, and purity. What a high standard to place upon a young man. But because all scripture is inspired by God, nothing is impossible to achieve with God. The word impossible itself implies I’m possible. Any man who says that he is called by God to ministry must follow this example for himself or the enemy will defeat Him. The standard you set for yourself must always be higher than what others set for you.
Sing: This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna, let it shine; let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Thought For Today: “The standard you set for yourself must always be higher than what others set for you.” (Parker)