1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
This is not a problem for me anymore, since I’m no longer young.
But I was pastoring back in the early 90’s and one of the church members came up to me and said she was asked by one of the townsfolk, “Who changes the diapers on your pastor?”
She got a great laugh out of it and I chuckled along with her.
This scripture doesn’t deal with physical appearance so much as with knowledge and conduct.
Paul tells Timothy to be an example in word, that is, the word of God.
His conduct should reflect the previous words of Paul on bishops and deacons, although I don’t believe Timothy was married.
Your compassion goes a long way in convincing others of how genuine you are in ministry.
Your spirit should mirror the Holy Spirit living within you.
Be an example in faith. A believer should believe not doubt and disbelieve.
Living in purity is to live away from sin and hypocrisy.
I see so many of today’s youth as disrespectful, somewhat lazy, arrogant, crude, and rude.
I guarantee, if I found a young person living in Paul’s description I would definitely not despise him/her.