Set an Example

Josh Arana 

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

This became a life verse during my high school years. As I was becoming more involved in teaching and leading ministries at a young age, I started to receive some conflicts from individuals who were much older than me. Some felt that I had no right in leading a ministry because I was a “young person”. There was a small season where I felt I could not do what God wanted me to do because of my age. I came across this verse and my life changed forever. This now is the verse that I teach to the youth to help understand that at their age, they are able to set an example.

Paul gives Timothy 5 areas in which Timothy is to set this example. I want you to ask yourself the following questions in your heart. Is there an area that you need to work on?

SPEECH - How do I talk to people that I care about?  Do I edify (build people up) in the way that I speak?  Do I talk about Jesus in my speech?  Am I cursing?  Am I joking in a crude way?  Do I lead people to Jesus through the way I speak?

CONDUCT - Do I make decisions that glorify Christ?  Do I live a lifestyle that glorifies Christ?  Do I make decisions that lead me closer to Jesus?  Am I living a lifestyle according to the truth in God’s Word?

LOVE - Do I show Christ’s love to other people?  Am I constantly sacrificing my life for other people?  How do I love the people who hate me?

FAITH - Am I putting my faith in Christ alone?  Am I sharing my faith with people who need to hear about it?

PURITY - Am I keeping myself away from sexual sin?  Am I conscious of what I look at in the media?  Am I keeping my eyes set on my spouse (for those married)?  Am I conducting myself with integrity with relationships I have with the opposite or same gender?

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