Setting Examples in Front
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
Our church is blessed to have Bible College and Christian College music tour groups visit each year. There are many benefits to having these young college students minister in our church. For instance: the music is encouraging, edifying and presented with excellence. They offer CD’s that our people can play in their cars and homes. We learn about Bible and Christian College possibilities. In addition, our own children are able to see responsible and respectable college age students that can leave a lasting impression on our kids concerning life and ministry.
This demonstration of example is what Paul is writing to Timothy about in the passage above. Timothy, while not the oldest man in the congregation was to be a stellar example of the grace of God in what he said, how he behaved, and what priorities he had in life. One of the greatest benefits of having the college groups in to our church is that our kids can get a glimpse of what they could potentially do in service to the Lord. While not everyone will be a preacher or traveling singer, college aged young people can serve the Lord in ministry. Our kids need to see that.
Many times we may hear young people say: “When I graduate from High School I will serve God, but I am too busy now.” Or – “I have too many credits in college, so I will serve the Lord after I graduate from college.” Good intentions have never accomplished anything. Life is busy for everyone. The Christian life should not be a choice between one or the other. Serving God, and living life should be synonymous.
Parents, I encourage you that when college groups come through that you not only attend the concerts and services, but engage your pre-teen, tween, and teen in conversation with the college students. Let them “rub shoulders” with them and see a good example of someone who is serving God and living life to the glory of God. Put good Christian role models in front of your kids.
Teens – the person singing could be you. You could be the one giving the message. You could be the one planning the summer schedule. It could be that God call you to some other form of service – all in the name of Jesus. Put good Christian role models in your life. Be encouraged – God can use you in His service too!