Flee Youthful LustsBro. David Chancellor
5/1/2005 11:00 AM
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
"Flee also youthful lusts…" There are some things that challenge us in our youth that hopefully won’t be a challenge to us as we get older. In our young years there are two desires that affect us: 1) Independence from our parents and 2) Finding our place in the world.
Being independent from your parents isn’t an overnight occurrence. This can be a good thing, if it is handled in a right way.
God has something to accomplish with out lives. If we seek his will and do it, our lives will turn out fine. If we don’t, we are liable to make a mess of things in a hurry.
Young people like to try things and do things to make themselves "stand out." Young people should stop and take a look at their parents’ high school yearbooks. Do the people in there look strange? Why do you think they look that way? Maybe they were trying to stand out. What will your yearbook look like 20 or 30 years from now? Youthful lusts cause people to do crazy things. If you want to stand out today, just be a plain, simple, "normal" and down to earth person, and you’ll stand out.
1 Timothy 2:8-10
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Paul is addressing the thought of "what kind of person are you?" What kind of character do people have/ Modest apparel and shamefacedness deal more with our behavior than they deal with what we wear. What kind of image are you trying to project. Modest apparel is not designed to stand out and make the wearer obvious. We don’t try, by our dress, to lift ourselves out of the crowd. Shamefacedness doesn’t put a person out in the limelight. The expensiveness of what you wear doesn’t make you what you are. There is nothing wrong with buying quality goods – quality and expense (due to name brand and current fashion) are two different things. Good quality doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. This topic isn’t exclusive to women. Men are just as susceptible to following fads and fashions as women are. Appropriate attire is just as important for men as it is for women.
This goes further than what we wear. It deals with how we behave. What are we presenting to those around us? The world should see common, plain people who are doing what God wants and being what God wants. They should see people living their lives caring for others, and not trying to draw attention to themselves.
2 Timothy 2:16, 21
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. … If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
Some people try to stand out by seeing how many curse words they can use. Some people try to stand out by making sarcastic and snide remarks. Some people are rebellious. We can be our own person without having to be rebellious. How we talk matters. We want our words to have substance and meaning. Know how to listen as well as how to talk. Learn when to be quiet and when to speak. Learn to communicate something of value to those who listen. Speak what would be profitable to the hearer. We want to be someone that God can use.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
"Let no man despise thy youth…" There is a way that you can find your place and be your own person – by being an example. You don’t have to follow the crowd. Be an example in every part of your life. Fit in where God wants you to. If you’re a good example, people will notice. People appreciate good character. We don’t have to give into the desires that work on people in youth. God can direct; he can mold our desires and attitudes to be good ones. You can live a good life and still be well-noticed. God can use young people who are living to be an example. The world needs to see that God in the heart makes a difference. Be faithful to God and live out the example so that others can see that Christ really does make a positive difference.