I realize the following words were written from an older mentor apostle to a younger man – a protégé of Apostle Paul in ministry…
“Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. DON’T LET ANYONE THINK LESS OF YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.” (From 1 Timothy 4:11–16 NLT)
Wonderful advice for young people serving the Lord in ministry… But I wrote these words in the margin of my Bible during my time of “coffee with the Lord” today… YOUR AGE SHOULDN’T MATTER! I’m 72 and I’ve been a credentialed [ordained] minister for nearly 50 years and Paul’s words still apply to me!
Listen, I want my life, my teaching, and my service to draw people to join me in following the Savior! I want to be a Holy Spirit empowered “magnet” in my service for the Lord in our world… until He comes!