Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Please read 1Timothy 4:12
The book of First Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to his good friend and mentee Timothy. In the letter Paul gives instructions to Timothy about how he should lead the church because Timothy was young and a young leader. Still Paul knew that God had called Timothy into leadership regardless of his age. In this short verse Paul encourages Timothy to not let his age be a distraction but instead he calls upon Timothy to be an example for his fellow believers in his speech, in his conduct, in his love, in his faith and in his purity. No matter how old we are, no matter how long we have believed in Jesus, we are also called to be example to others in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
Have you ever felt looked down upon in a Christian community? Have you ever looked down on someone in a Christian community? If so, what made you look down on that person?
When has someone been an example to you in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith or in purity? When have you been an example to someone?
Timothy is encouraged by Paul to be an example to other believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Which of these categories is it easiest for you to be an example? Which category is the most difficult?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, without the power of the Holy Spirit I am not able to be an example to anyone. So Lord, I humbly ask that through the power of the Holy Spirit that you would teach me and allow me to be an example to other believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Lord, this is a scary prayer for me. Amen.