(notes from Sunday morning, March 18, fbc ruston, dr chris)
KEYS that will make a difference in every area of your life
1 Timothy 4: 12-16
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1. Earn Respect v 12
You can't change others; 'worry' about yourself and be conscious of earning respect. Be worthy of respect. How?
* Be the right kind of person ...
Set the right kind of example, the right model or pattern
In your speech, be uplifting
With your hands and what you do
Be a loving person
Faith -- let others see your trust in and faithfullness to God
2. Use Your Gift v 13
Get your gift out of the trophy case and use it
3. Be Consistent v. 15
Be deligent and absorbed in the mission ... 'give yourself entirely'
Life is more about farming than it is about instant gratification
GAL 6:9 -- 'Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."