When I read the bible, sometimes I feel like certain passages just don’t apply to me. You may feel the same. But when I open the scriptures to 1st and 2nd Timothy, I find verses that are written specifically to young people like me.
1st Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
2 Timothy 2:22
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
I love both of these verses because they are so straight forward. Paul says to live boldly for God. Don’t let people look down on you because you’re young. Then he pretty much gives us a list of virtues and attitudes that we should have as children of God and ambassadors for Him to the world.
In our speech and conduct we should show:
- Love – The unconditional love and mercy of Christ
- Righteousness – Doing what’s right no matter what
- Faith – Believing what we do not see
- Purity – Living lives set apart for Christ
- Peace – Pursuing harmony and reconciliation
In these things we can really show Christ in our lives because we are different from the world. While our peers are falling for youthful lusts, we flee from those things and pursue Christ. We put our old desires behind and let God change our desires and dreams to become something beautiful that will glorify Him.
Don’t be discouraged by the direction the world is taking. It’s time to take a stand. As part of a new generation, it should be our goal to win back this world for Christ and that starts with you and me. That starts with how we live and the example that we show to the waiting world. Will we blend in with the crowd or stand out, set apart for the gospel of Christ and for truth?
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3