Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4: 12, 14, 16)
This is a passage that Paul writes to Timothy entrusting him to care for the church of Ephesus. Caring for a church at a young age is a huge responsibility but Timothy was anointed and called of God. Paul reminds Timothy of who he is in Christ and the responsibility he has to accomplish God’s work. This verse strongly emphasizes that age is not an excuse in God’s eyes.
Just like Timothy we are called to be example of believer. Example means setting a standard that others can follow. Paul says do not despise your youth, but be an example to others around you in our conversation, in our giving, in our faith in Christ and in purity of life. This shows that we are responsible to a large degree for other people’s opinion about us. We should earn the respect of people by living godly and in doing so we can bring others to Christ.
Today we live in a world where most young people get their perspectives from TV, movies or their peers. Young people tend to be idealistic and are looking for ideals that they can set their moral compass with. We fall for worldly ideologies and drift away from God’s calling upon our lives thinking I am too young or that’s the responsibility of a pastor or an elder or my parents. Let this passage be an inspiration to all so we be great role models for the younger generation and may God you the youth of this church to take up that mantel entrusted upon them.
I strongly believe that God has placed anointed young men and women in this church to fulfill his plan in this city of Seattle.