1 Timothy 4:1-16
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1 Timothy 4:12-16
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an
example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and
in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Timothy was a young Christian leader, Paul told him he could avoid
being dismissed for his youth. He could do this by being a shining
example in the way he lived out his faith. No one would look down on
him, Paul said, if he were living up to Christ's call for his life.
Timothy could win the respect of everyone, even those older than him, if
his life—speech, love, purity—were shaped by his faith in Jesus.
reminded Timothy that the church elders had publicly recognized his
gift for leadership and ministry by laying their hands on him. Their
endorsement and support should be taken very seriously, and he should
be diligent to make progress in his spiritual growth and the
exercise of his gifts. Timothy's diligence toward maturity should
include the study of scripture, careful self-examination of his
lifestyle, and careful attention to sound doctrine. Paul promised
that perseverance in these matters would result in blessing, both in
his own life and in the lives of those to whom he ministered.
Response and Action:
want to mature in my faith as I follow and serve Christ. I will do my
best to lead an exemplary life in my speech, in my commitment to
holiness, in my study of scripture, and in the exercise of my gifts. I
believe that diligence in these things will result in blessing to me
and to people around me. I also want to do all I can to encourage the
young Christian leaders in my church and my circle influence. I want
to help them and spur them on to become all they can be.
the power and grace of your Holy Spirit, O God, lead, teach,
transform, shape, and strengthen me, that I might delight in your will
and walk in your ways to the glory of your name. Help me to be a
good steward of all you have given me. Grant me the wisdom and the
will to guard my heart, feed my spirit, stimulate my mind, and care
for my body. Help me to do the good things you've prepared for me to
do. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Hebrews 6:11-12
11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Basic Christian Leadership: Biblical Models of Church, Gospel And Ministry
by John Stott