Modeling Godliness

Principle 10 in 1 Timothy is based on Paul’s exhortation to Timothy when he was charged to deal with some serious issues in the church in Ephesus.

This was a tough assignment for Timothy. He was single and probably about 40 years old! But to the believers in Ephesus he would have been a “young man.” Consequently, Paul encouraged Timothy with these words:
 
Don’t let anyone despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).
 
Paul’s charge to Timothy touched my father heart when my son, Kenton, was going on a mission trip to Sweden. He was only 14—much younger than Timothy—but I felt these qualities also applied to him. I decided to write him a series of letters based on each characteristic—challenging him, as Paul did to Timothy, to be an example to those he was ministering to.
 
Later I revised these letters when he was in college serving as a youth counselor–and once again when he was a member of a Colorado Ski Team!
 
Later, my son and I actually had the opportunity to write a book entitled “The Measure of a Young Man!” The chapters were based on these qualities.

In the Introduction to this book, Kenton wrote these words:
 
When I went on my first mission trip, my dad began writing me a series of letters based on this challenge to Timothy. Over the course of several years, he continued these letters—while I was counseling in a Christian camp and later while I was a competitive skier racer in Colorado. I’m thankful for these letters that challenged me to be an example in these areas of my life. Choose today to start the adventure of becoming a man of God. Paul’s challenge to Timothy is God’s challenge to you. He will shape your heart and the hearts of your friends!

 


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