1 Timothy 4:12-16 Reflection:
Paul continues his theme of practical advice to Timothy and the people who shall be reading his letter.
“Do not let people disregard you because you are young,” says Paul. There are many ways of being young: young in age, young in the faith or young at heart. Youth comes from closeness to the source of life: a baby is young because it is not long out of the womb, a Christian is young because they are close to God, the source of all life.
But a Christian should also be busy. Paul tells Timothy to make good use of the time before he arrives and in that time not to take it easy but to work hard: “Make use of the time until I arrive by reading to the people, preaching and teaching.” The life of the Christian is not meant to be one of ease and rest but a life of work for the Lord. If we are called to be parents then work at being parents by giving example and guidance to our children. If we are called to the workplace then carry basic simple principles to those around us. Being Christian was never meant to be a life of luxury.
We are all called by God: called as children of God to share the divine life: called to go out and carry his message to the world. One calling is a calling to be with God the other to go out to the world for God. If we concentrate on one aspect of the calling we are lob sided in our faith and we have no real idea of where we are going or what we are doing. We need to be aware of both calls to understand what God is trying to do in our lives.