I’ve also noticed that the teens who make the biggest impact for Christ match the characteristics Paul told Timothy about in 1 Timothy 4:12. Trying to convince Timothy that his relative youth did not have to be a deterrent* to his ministry, Paul told him to “be an example to the believers” in several areas.
In word: Young people who make a difference for Christ control what they say, avoid negative talk, and speak words that honor God. In conduct: Teens who practice discretion in their behavior shine for all the world to see. In love: By taking heed of Jesus’ words to love God and their neighbor (Matt. 22:37-39) teens please Jesus and touch hearts. In faith: Those who put their faith into action change lives. In purity: It’s tough to be morally pure and doctrinally sound, but kids who are can set the bar for the rest of us. -RBC Ministries/Our Daily Bread – Dave Branon
This is not just for teens and children, but for adults and elders also. All of us in the body of Christ should and need to strive to make an impact in the lives of those in our communities and families. Not one single life (or soul) should be left untouched or untold about the gospel of Christ. Once they know about the Truth, then it becomes their choice to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Even with our Christian sisters and brothers, we can make an impact in each others lives as well, through Christ, by the way we choose to live and how deep we love(agape love).
*Deterrent > Deter > to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding; to prevent; check; arrest
1 Timothy 4:12 new favorite verse! I wanted to share Impact for Christ because it and the scripture verses with it inspires me to live more Christ like, in all that I do; how I respond to others, how I behave under certain circumstances, etc.