Words for the DCBC Youth

“Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).”

Ever since God called me to minister to college students, I had repeatedly used this verse to encourage them in many aspects of their Christian walk. These words were originally written by Paul for the young Timothy who was left on his own to care for the church at Ephesus.

It could be that Paul wrote these words because his apprentice was naturally reserved and timid (1 Cor 16:10; 2 Tim 1:7). Many commentators do not see Timothy as a leader material but admire his willingness to leave home and family in the service of the Lord.

He may have felt pressure because of his youth. He may have feared failure because of his lack of experience. But to all these Paul answered, “Don't let anyone look down on you…but set an example… in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

As I venture out of my ministry circle in the Dormitories’ Christian Fellowship and be more involved with the youth fellowship of the Diliman Campus Bible Church, I bring with me this message.

We may be young and less experienced, but we are not to be afraid or idle. Because of our youth and vigor, we are restricted less and are capable of doing more of the hard labor for the Gospel. As such, I also bring with me a challenge to plunge deep into the Word. Let us live by the Book and measure our lives by His standards in Scripture.

Our youth is also not a license to keep on seeking only what we enjoy. Instead, we must strive by God’s grace, to learn to enjoy what is essential. Afterall, when we surrendered our life to Christ, we are no longer in the limelight. He is. So it is but right to seek Him and know Him and do what glorifies Him.

Among those that I desire to see in the youth fellowship is a passion for the lost. In fact, I pray this not only for them but for every believer. May the Good Lord teach us to re-channel some of our energies to reach out our fellow youth in and around the Diliman Campus.

While it is good to look out for one another inside our circle, it is also selfish to keep this circle to ourselves. The Message entrusted to every genuine believer is to be shared unceasingly, unflinchingly and vigorously. We are not to be ashamed of it but must count it a joy to even suffer for the Gospel.

Remember that we were all lost before God took us in. And we may have never heard the Gospel if those before us weren’t courageous enough to open their mouths and proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior. We are in this world still and so let us shine ever brightly that our Message may stir in people’s hearts a longing for the Almighty.

God bless us all! 
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