Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Christian Approach to Differently AbledYouths: Inheriters of Faith
1 Timothy 4:12-16
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12
Young adulthood in the United States is a critical point of personal and religious transition, during which individuals make choices with long-term consequences for relationships, education, marriage, and childbearing. The youth in our nation are facing tremendous challenges. Christian youth are among those who are facing the greatest challenges in our country. Personalizing and living out their faith, living in an anti-Christian culture. Sexual temptations, self-image & identity issues, divorce, family issues, lack of time, negative media influence, materialism, capitalism, intersectionality, discrimination, and racism are some of the many. The values are closely connected to upbringing, external stressors, family backgrounds, and family disruptions. We can’t live by God’s word if we don’t believe it in the first place. Sadly, some people think they can be Christians by accepting some parts of the Bible while rejecting other portions. Here Paul is instructing Timothy to be the man God has called him to be. He is to be a testimony to the church of what living for Jesus looks like. Throughout the Bible, God used young people to achieve great things. Joseph, David, Josiah, Samuel, Daniel, and Timothy are only a few young people God used to achieve great things in the Bible. Many instances in the Bible show that God is never scared of utilizing young people to accomplish His purpose. These young adults loved and obeyed God, and from a young age, their life’s principle has been developed with God’s expectations. Every time the opportunity presented itself for them to prove their allegiance to God, they grabbed it with both hands, unwilling to compromise. God was their utmost priority for them, and nothing would change that. They understood the consequences of breaking worldly rules, and they were ready to break them, again and again, every time they were contrary to the other of the king of Kings. Even in the face of Death, Daniel did not deny God. He was thrown into the lion’s den, but God saved him. When we put God first, God will put us first in all our endeavors. God is always ready to decorate our lives with His blessings every time we choose to stand for Him.
Father, thank You for sending Jesus not only to be our Savior but our example. Fill us afresh with Your Spirit and empower us to be the very best version of Jesus we can be. In His precious name, we pray, Amen!
Thought of the day
“I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.” - Martin LutherShijy Alex
Chicago Mar Thoma Church