Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Paul And Timothy

First Timothy 4 verse 12 says, "Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word...." Also Paul starts the epistle by calling Timothy his son in the faith. Now we know that in those days, historically, they still considered someone 'young' who was of 35 to 40 years of age. However, in our day and age, culturally we have many in ministry much younger than that.

I remember when I came to the Lord in 1973. It was in the month of June. I remember it well. I looked out my bedroom window and wanted to change my world for Christ. I started passing out gospel tracts by the hundreds, witnessed to others in school and in the workplace. (Try that today though!) I was preaching in churches at the age of seventeen. By twenty, I began ministering to thousands by the air-waves in Christian radio. God has truly been good to me. I said the previous comments out of humility and not one of pride. For anything good I have accomplished in this brief life of mine comes from the goodness of Jesus Christ. I'm glad there were many that didn't 'despise' my youth.

I felt compelled to write today's post because of the words from a fellow blogger. This woman I speak of is ministering to others in a great way through her written words. I'm sure that as well, Amanda is ministering by her witness with those she comes in contact with. She mentioned that even 'older' people are touched by her words. I say, 'amen.' For I had the very same thing happen to me. On another note, how many 'seasoned' Christians are still ministered to by younger pastors in the pulpit? I'm sure many are. Regardless of our age, we can learn from others. Now, I'm at the point in my life where I am being taught by younger individuals. I keep my heart and ears open for I can learn much.

I'm not really throwing a caveat in here, but it could be taken that way. I hasten to add that those that are younger who do minister must be truly grounded in the Lord, his Word and everyday living. For the Word also says that to hold a certain position in the church you are not to have a 'novice.' However, that's dealing with spiritual leadership in a church environment. But, for those who are older, remember the zeal you had when you were younger, and don't forbid those that are truly walking with the Lord to minister. May the peace of Christ be with you all.

1 comment:

  1. Well said, Randy. My father was a young man when he started preaching and much of his congregation was younger than him. He's been growing older every year, and now younger men are rising up to minister with him.