Key Verse: 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
If we don’t feel too old, we probably feel too young, and there usually is no gap in between. Have you noticed how children always want to be one year older and love to say, “I am nearly…” Equally, many young adults live by the motto, “I am too young to settle down and commit to a relationship” only to move into, “I am too old to get married now, it’s too late for me.”
Whether we like it or not, people do judge us on our age. We recently had a small fire a the Christian centre where I work, and when the firemen came to put it out, they looked young. So much so, a man from the street commented how young they were. But the truth is, when firefighters, police officers, teachers and doctors look young, we are probably getting old. The question is “do we show the same respect to a younger professional as we would to an older professional?” Do we trust a young doctor as much as an older doctor?
This was the situation that Timothy faced. Timothy had been traveling and ministering with Paul for a decade before Paul sent him to the church at Ephesus. He might have been young physically, but spiritually he had much to offer. The problem was that people didn’t trust him because of his youth. The older generation looked down on him, thought their years or practical experience were more valuable than his spiritual guidance.
Paul writes to Timothy and says, “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). Age is no restriction to God. Whether young or old, God calls you to set an example. Timothy was not the only young person God used. David was just a boy when he defeated Goliath. King Josiah was seven when he made a difference in Israel. The young boy who had two fish and five loaves didn’t seem to have much to offer, but when he gave it to Jesus, it fed 5,000 men, plus women and children.
Whatever you have, surrender it to God, and He will use it for his glory. Don’t let your own or other people’s perspective of your age restrict you, but set an example for all believers.