The Influence of the Young

Reading: 1 Timothy 4:12-16

This is a wonderful passage for young people to read.  Imagine that you are Timothy.  You were raised by a Christian mother and grandmother, and you traveled and learned from the apostle Paul.  You are now a young preacher in a congregation with many people older than you, who know the Jewish law better than you do.

Wouldn’t you be concerned about how you could influence people in the church?  Have you ever been told that “you’re just too young” to do something?

Paul tells Timothy not to worry about that.  Timothy has something very special: the Word of God.  If Timothy would continue to study it and obey it, those around him would believe and be saved.

Timothy was concerned about what he could do for others – we should be as well.  Isn’t there a lot of work for young people to do in God’s kingdom?  You can pray that your example and teaching can have the same powerful effect on others!

Small Means and Great Ends is a collection of stories edited by Mrs. M.H. Adams published in 1851.  The book may be read free online.

SMALL MEANS AND GREAT END (OR, THE WIDOW’S POT OF OIL)

“Oh! how I do wish I was rich!” said Eliza Melvyn, dropping her work in her lap, and looking up discontentedly to her mother; “why should not I be rich as well as Clara Payson? There she passes in her father’s carriage, with her fine clothes, and haughty ways; while I sit here–sew–sewing–all day long. I don’t see what use I am in the world!

“Why should it be so? Why should one person have bread to waste, while another is starving? Why should one sit idle all day, while another toils all night? Why should one have so many blessings, and another so few?”

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Take Up Your Cross

Reading: Luke 9:23-26

Jesus said that we must take up a cross if we want to save our soul.  Sometimes our “crosses” – our duties and responsibilities – feel very heavy.  Jesus’ certainly did.  But what does this tell us about the value of our souls?  Was Jesus ashamed to carry a cross for us?

Do you ever wish it wasn’t so hard to be good?  Do you ever wish that you didn’t have duties and difficulties, but could just do what you want?  What would happen, do you think, if we didn’t have to work hard to get to heaven?  Do you think we would appreciate Heaven if our lives here on earth were filled with nothing but pleasure?

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Letting our Lights Shine

Reading: Matthew 5:13-16

Many times when we think of “letting our light shine,” we think of the heroic and miraculous things that people did in the Bible. However, letting our light shine for the Lord doesn’t have to be something majestic or spectacular. It means doing what you can, at every moment, to show others that you belong to Christ. It is the steadfastness of our light that Christ sees, not how far it reaches or the praise we receive about it.

“Helping Fingers” was written by Bruce S. Wright and published in The Children’s Six Minutes in 1922. Now out of print, the book may be read freely online.

HELPING FINGERS

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Learning and Growing

Reading: Lamentations 3:22-29

Jeremiah is writing about the Israelites. They have been carried away into captivity and slavery. Jeremiah hopes that during this hard time, they will turn back to God and increase their faith. It is a time of sorrow, but it can also be a time of great learning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Boast in These Things

Reading: Jeremiah 9:23-24

What are the things which delight you? Delight means happiness. What are the things which make you happy?

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God Charges Jeremiah

Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10

When I was a little girl my mother had to take a job in the evenings at a pharmacy. My father cared for me and my two little sisters while she was working. I was nine years old, my next sister was six, and my youngest sister was a baby. You can imagine what hard work that was for my father in the evenings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hard Work Pays Off

Reading: Proverbs 10:1-5

 

The book of Proverbs teaches us about wisdom and foolishness.  In these verses, we learn that being a hard worker is part of being wise.  God wants us to be diligent and honest workers upon the earth.

 

Have you ever heard the fable about the ants and the grasshopper?  The ants worked hard to gather grain for the winter.  The grasshopper played and played while the weather was warm, then suffered in the winter for his lack of planning.  He wished that others would share their grain with him.  He wanted a reward without the work.

 

God wants us to be willing to work.  Jesus and His disciples had very little time to rest.  They were always working.  You’ll remember that for most of His life, Jesus was a carpenter. 

 

God also wants us to trust in Him.  Work hard, but remember that God will take care of the righteous (Proverbs 10:3).  Don’t be worried about what you can gain.  This world is not your home!  Be thankful for your work, focus on serving God, and God will take care of your daily needs.

 

For Further Study:

  • What kind of work did Peter, Andrew, James, and John do before they were disciples (Matthew 4:18-22)?  What kind of work did Paul do (see Acts 18:1-3)?  Can you think of other jobs that people had in the Bible, such as Moses, Daniel, and Lydia?  Read these verses about the value of good, honest, hard work: Proverbs 12:11 and 13:11; 1 Corinthians 4:12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

 

  • What kind of work do you want to do when you’re older?  Think about yourself doing this work.  What would show that you were a good worker?  How could you bring glory to God while doing this work?

 

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