Day 314 –
Even our youth should strive to reflect Christ.
1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
‘They are still a child.’ I’ve said it, they’ve said it, you’ve probably said it at one time or another. This is the main excuse we use when a youth acts in a way that is not Christ-like.
Oh my heavens, in my youth I was just like most youth today, doing and saying things that would make no one believe I was even a Christian. In fact, when I did grow in my walk with Jesus, as a young adult, many people that knew me in my youth, questioned my faith as an adult.
In all honesty, I wish I could go back and change many of my words and actions from my youth, but I can’t. However, it is now my responsibility to hold youth to the same standard I should have strived for when I was their age, and that standard is in the example of Christ.
Uplifting words of truth and hope should be spoken, upright conduct should be shown, Love and Faith should be freely shared, and Purity upheld to the Nth degree.
Yes, they are still youth, and as youth, they are still growing and learning, so Mercy should be shown when youth make a mistake. We are to love them by showing compassion and not giving what is deserved when every mistake is done. However, even with Mercy, we have to stop making excuses for every word, action, and deed. That becomes Enabling!
The youth of today are our future and they will be paving the way for future generations to know Christ.
When we hold our youth to a high standard and set the example of Christ before them, they will naturally rise to be an example of Christ to others around them (including us).
But WE, adults, MUST first set the Example for youth to follow.
How will they know if they do not see, and how will they see if we do not show them Jesus.