This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (1 Timothy 4) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: Young Timothy had traveled with Paul on his second missionary journey. Paul then left Timothy behind to shepherd the church at Ephesus. This first letter to Timothy instructs him how to select and to train up church leadership.
Timothy was a comparatively young man and some in the church looked down on him. Paul had something to say about that.
Ask the children…
How did Paul tell Timothy to view his young age?
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
How was Timothy to act to demonstrate his maturity?
“Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Timothy had been a faithful follower of Paul during his 2nd missionary journey. He had shown maturity far beyond his years. Paul had confidence in him and Paul wanted Timothy to feel and act the same way. Paul had given him that job because Paul thought he could handle it.
Ask your children if they are looking forward to growing up? What did Paul say that grown up christians do? Being grown up is not a matter of stature but a matter of acting grown up by our attitudes and actions. Remind your children that despite their age, some adults never really grow up.
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