Command and teach these things. 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. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. – 1 Timothy 4:11-14
It’s clear that you want young and old Christians to be busy telling your word to others. I am deeply thankful that you have placed me among a group of Christians that gets it. I have so many partners in the work. I hear what you are encouraging me here. My life is a limited resource on your earth to get your salvation to more souls. You want me busy being your mouth to speak love and truth into human hearts. Help me teach your word more effectively, more often and more joyfully. Also, arouse my Christian friends at my church to scheme how they can engage in the movement of grace instead of finding ways to avoid helping in the greatest restoration project on earth.
Pastor Don Patterson
Like a dad who gives his child money to buy a gift for his mother, God gives us gifts and talents so we are able to experience the joy of giving back to him.