“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Especially in the twenty-first century, society tells us to put Jesus on the shelf until we’re older. You only live once, so you need to spend your time focusing on what’s trending on Twitter, the new music, or fashions, or social status, or finding a spouse, or securing a good-paying job. Essentially, we’re told that living for Jesus is not only uncool, but it’s a waste of time. Better to spend our youth pursuing wealth and prosperity and worldly pleasures.
Don’t listen to the lies. The meaningful life is not found in getting stuff. In the end, even family and relationships cannot shoulder the load of ultimate significance. The only meaningful life is one laid down for others’ joy in Christ—and you are never too young to begin. It is better to lose your life altogether than to waste it on meaningless pursuits.
1 Timothy 4:12 tells us, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
It doesn’t matter whether you were born in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, or the Americas, you’re never too young to pursue Christ and his will for your life.
You are never too young to live for Christ.
- Read and meditate on Matthew 16:24-26.
This devotion was adapted from You Are Never Too Young to Live for Christ by Lesetja Lekoloane