Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 62)
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 (NLT)
We don't know what young Timothy did wrong, except via Paul's fatherly advice. In Letters, Paul counseled his successor: a fresh-faced leader in the Lord's new church, whose youthful exuberance was needed.

Because religion had grown old and stale. It was sagging and needed a Face-lift. So the Great Physician gave it His all, as did the team who studied under Him, as did Timothy who faced skepticism. Perhaps jealous seniors questioned his youth.

Consider similar factors today:

1) Many people feel religion is stale and is not culturally relevant.

2) They see walls, rules and worship procedures instead of heartfelt passion and mercy.

3) Star-studded pastors say, 'Come, follow me. Buy my books to become rich and happy.'

I believe young saints are called to step up in radical, cultural relevance: reaching out to people like Jesus did. He helped the poor, lost, blind and afflicted, because they desired healing and freedom.

Today, uncountable legions of fans are bound by media merchandizers, whose greatest delight is to hook them into buying their cons. But you're a better kind of fisherman, because your goal is to set captives free.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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