标 题： 不要叫人小看你
经 节： 不可叫人小看你年轻，总要在言语、行为、爱心、信心、清洁上，都作信徒的榜样。（提摩太前书四章12节）
Let No One Look
down on You
Let no one
despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in
love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
Timothy was a sincere young man who earnestly desired to serve the Lord.
Yet certain weaknesses in Timothy’s life hindered him from serving God
confidently. Timothy was very young to be a religious leader, and apparently
some doubted his abilities. Timothy had a tender nature and was sickly (1 Tim.
5:23). His was an inauspicious beginning for a young minister of the gospel in
an age of persecution!
Paul urged Timothy not to allow his youthful insecurity to blunt his
zeal and faithfulness in doing what God had told him. Rather than arguing with
those who criticized Timothy, Paul urged him to live as an example of
godliness. Paul advised Timothy to live a life that was so spotless in word,
conduct, love, spirit, faith, and purity that his life could serve as a model
for others in the church to follow. Timothy’s life was to be the evidence that
God had called him. God looked beyond Timothy’s youth, timidity, and physical
weakness and saw his sincere heart.
As you seek to follow God’s will, you may identify with Timothy. Perhaps
some things about you seem to disqualify you from serving the Lord effectively.
You may be sensitive because you are a new Christian or because you come from a
sinful past. Perhaps you have little education or money or social status. You
may have previously experienced failure in your service for God. Don’t allow
this to intimidate you from following God’s will. Your area of weakness may be
God’s means of demonstrating His strength (2 Cor. 12:9). Allow God to
demonstrate His call upon you by transforming your life into a model of