Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4: 12).
Minister Paul communicates to his men-tee, Timothy, that he should be an example. In spite of his youth in age or even youth in the faith, Timothy is encouraged to be an example especially to the believers in several specific areas. As we go through the list which Paul lays out for this young man, we are able to highlight key areas in which Christian maturity can and should be demonstrated.
In word: We definitely grow in Christ as we read, understand and practice the word of God. In conduct: Saints are not simply called to be biblical scholars, but to behave in a Christ-like manner. In love: It is one thing to claim the saving love of Christ. It is another thing to share it with and show it to others. In spirit: We should not only have the Holy Spirit abiding in us, but we must allow that Spirit to lead, guide and direct us. In faith: Enough cannot be said about the importance of faith. As we become examples in the area of faith, the rest will follow. In purity: A sincere heart and unmixed motives will produce powerful deeds. Today, let us make Paul’s charge to Timothy our own and be good examples as we mature in Christ.