The first time I ever said this to anybody…they looked at me like I had completely and totally lost my mind. And maybe I had for that matter. But like it or not, it means something to me and I hope it will come to mean something to you as well.
1 Timothy 4:12 encourages the younger members of the church…and of the world. “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.” I first read and really took something from this passage when helping my youth group from my home church prepare for a youth Sunday. The first phrase really grabbed me. “Don’t let anyone LOOK DOWN on you…”. I closed my Bible, looked up at my mother and exclaimed, “I like standing in chairs!”
Since then I have believed myself to be a 4-1-2er. (Pronounced: four one two-er) I think that one of the big problems facing the church today, is the fact that we have ignored the direction in this verse. First of all, as the elders of the church we have looked down upon the young simply because…they are; and secondly, as the young leaders of the church we have ALLOWED this to take place for so long.
But we’re going to set it right. I am deputizing every person reading this RIGHT now as a 4-1-2er. Say this pledge, and continue browsing this blog set up ESPECIALLY for you!
I ______ make this oath today:
Today, I have stopped being a follower,
a face in the crowd,
Today, I have become a leader,
I admit openly and proudly:
I like standing in chairs.
And from this day forward I will:
provide other believers with examples in
So that when it comes time,
and I meet the Savior face to face,
He will not turn me away.
But with pride in His eyes He will speak loud and clear:
“This one, Father…this one is with me.”
And I am.