I Timothy 4:12
“Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Timothy was likely in his early 30’s when Paul wrote him this letter. Since Timothy was now a pastor/elder of the Church in Ephesus, Paul addressed his age.
The Greek word for “youth” is “neotes”. The concept of “youth” was used to signify an adult of military age through the age of forty. Most ‘elders’ were typically over 40 years of age – so Paul stressed setting an example. At his young age, his example would be more influential than his words.
This is true in the 21st century as well. Young men and women who may be dismissed simply because of their lack of experience would be wise to focus on exemplary character and raising the bar for others to follow.
QUESTION: What is one area you are setting an example for others to follow?