DAILY DEVOTION, July 28, 2021
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 (1 Timothy 4:12).
Paul is speaking to Timothy, a young man. Some tend to look down on young people. Paul understands that youth can be earnest and dedicated Christians. He encourages Timothy to set an excellent Christian example. Timothy’s Christian example will put a stop to the mouths of those who look down upon him because of his youth. While our youth are few, the few we have are strong Christians, and we thank God for their example.
In our society, people tend to look down on us old-timers. I am sure Paul would also say, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are old.” Senior citizens are called upon by God to demonstrate how following Jesus has blessed us over the years. We don’t stop living the Christian life just because we are old. I like the words of Psalm 92:14: “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”
Whether we are young or old, we do not have the luxury of just talking a good game. We are all called to live exemplary lives. We all need to ask ourselves, “Am I setting a positive example for others so they will look at me and see an illustration of a good Christian? Will others be drawn to the Savior in whom I believe?” Think about it. Pray about it.
Heavenly Father, I do want to set a good example in my Christian walk. I want Your holiness to be poured out on me in such abundance that others will be drawn to the Savior, in whose name I pray, Amen.