Monday, September 24, 2007

Devotional #5 (part 1 of 1 Timothy 4:12 study)

I'm doing something new again. :) This will be the first in a 6 part devotional study on 1 Timothy 4:12. I hope this series proves to be a rich blessing to you!

Let no one dispise 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 (NKJV)

Today we will focus on the first part of this verse: "Let no one dispise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word," One thing that I find so amazing in this verse, is that it says we are to be an example to the believers. Just reading this verse, we would expect that it would say we need to be an example to unbelievers. However, that is a given. What strikes me as amazing is that despite our age, we are to be an example to those believers who are our age, but also to those who are older than ourselves. We would often think that those older than us would be more mature in Christ, and thus they would be an example to us. While this is often the case, nonetheless, there are obviously instances in which we are the ones who are to be examples for the older men and women in Christ, or else this command would not have been issued.

One thing from this verse that I want us all to grasp, is that we continually and daily must check ourselves to see if the way we are acting and whether or not the things we are saying are shining forth as a good example or not. Even if we are just at home, we have a huge responsibility to be a good example for our siblings, especially our younger ones. They are at a most impressionable age, and often tend to copy those older than themselves. Therefore it is so crucial that we be a good example to them. Throughout the day when we are with them, we are to be a godly, God-fearing role model that they will be able to copy. Matthew 18:6 shows this cruciality: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." Not only must we always check ourselves to ensure that we are being godly examples to our siblings, but we must be so careful to ensure that we are being good role models for those believers and unbelievers who are among us, be it at church, at the groery store, at the post office, at the mall, at the gas station, at the movie theatre, or wherever else it may be where we are around others. The world is watching us, and it is therefore vitally important that we are salt and light when among them. But we also must remember that this verse commands us to be examples to the believers! We must put into practice now, being godly role models daily for those believers around us.

That said, I'm now going to move on to the first area in which Paul says we are to be examples-in word. This covers a lot! As we find in Proverbs 31:26, the Proverbs 31 woman "opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness." She speaks with wisdom!! She is not involved with idle talk, but when she is in conversation with someone, she is rather speaking wisdom into their lives. Idle conversations profit nothing, and this wise woman understood that! She used every conversation she entered into to be profitable for that person to whom she was speaking. Our Lord and His precepts were continually a part of this lady's conversations. And that, dear friends, is how it should be! Yet despite this truth, most of our conversations revolve around ungodly gossip, slander, etc. Even if we aren't talking in sinful ways such as the ones I just mentioned, we're still often talking about things which have no lasting importance. This should not be, precious sisters in Christ!!

And with that, I'm going to be forced to close for now, and pick up right back where I left off on Wednesday. This, as you can see, will actually be a 7 part series now, as I'm having two devotionals on being an example in word. :) Please come back Wednesday, for the continuation.

Many blessings to you all!


  1. Thank you Rebekah for a wonderful devotional and I love the idea of it being a 7 part series. I especially loved the part about "wisdon on our tongue" in respect of idle gossip. Right now I work outside of the home and this is so important to is amazing to hear what others say and it is even more amazing to stay true to God's word on this matter. Thank you for the kind remembrance.

  2. Great post, very encouraging! My very thoughts! As the oldest of my family, I often think through as to whether I'm setting a good example or not, because my siblings will follow! I also think about the little ones in church that watch me (as well as the other older ones)wanting to play with us and "copy" us. It makes me desire to go to God's Word to study and make sure my life is lining up with His standards!

  3. Becky K.,

    Hi!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I'm so glad it was an encouragement to you, and I'm really excited about it being a 7-part devotional as well! :) I figured it had to be if I was going to cover everything! :)

    I know what you mean! I, too, always have to remember to refrain from idle conversations and gossip! I don't even like to listen to gossip let alone pass it on. You're very welcome, and I'm so glad the Lord used it to strengthen you!

    Many blessings,

    P.S. You e-mail will be on its way asap! :)


    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!! :) I really enjoyed reading it. I'm so glad that it was an encouragement to you! I take my "job" as a role model to my younger sibling and to the small (and like you said, older) children in our church, and am so very careful about how I speak and conduct myself, so that I will not be guilty of leading them astray! Same with me! It encourages me to search out His Word more, to insure that my life is lining up under it as it should be.

    Have a blessed weekend,


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~Rebekah S.