Young but not clueless : Jeremiah, Joseph, Daniel, Esther, Mary, Timothy.
Leadership was never my favorite topic. My first leadership training was not pleasant at all. I was 16 years old, had no interest in attending these type of classes. I showed up late, as if that was not enough………, I had no bible or notebook. I felt terribly threatened at the thought that I was the only young person there.
My mind was elsewhere. I remember thinking to myself:
Why has this man invited me here?
I just got saved like a year-back. That’s yesterday.
I am young and completely clueless about leadership. What do I know?
I don’t know the bible.
I am shy.
Little did I know that this had NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. It’s not about you!! And you are not the first one to pull the whole, “inexperienced and timid” card. Jeremiah also tried it;
The LORD replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. (Jeremiah 1:7)
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. (1 Timothy 4:12)
You were born for such a time as this! SEEKING FOR TIMOTHY.
Get the word out Timothy! Timothy get the word out!!
Teach all these things…………, Teach believers with your life: by word, conduct, love, faith, integrity.
Stay at your post reading scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you received when the leaders of the church laid their hands on you. Keep that dusted off and in use it.
This is what Paul said about Timothy;
“I have no one like-minded, who will truly care about you. For they seek their own not the things of Jesus Christ”.
He went on to say, you know the proof of him, that as a child serves a father, so he served me in a furtherance of the Good News.
Other versions say you know His Character, His quality is clear, you know His qualifications and He has proved himself.
A young man of tried character. A specimen of tried worth. Timothy lived for Jesus, He proved himself by his lifestyle. Both his words and action were at work. He pursued the things of God, he was not busy with his own concerns. He fully relied on Jesus and did not worry about his life.
Where is the Timothy of our generation? A young teacher, leader and partner in the apostolic works. It’s time to unleash your Timothy and turn this world upside down for Jesus. Lead.
Today at our church we are praying for next generation leadership, leaders of excellence and action.