Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. (Titus 2:6-8)
A Pattern For Young Men
The Bible is filled with stories of young people who mastered the spirit of youth to become examples of godly living serving the Lord with faithfulness. It must never be lost the impact the young of any generation can have in the work of the Lord. Often criticism is leveled against the wasted years of youth. There are many families that do not restrain their children failing to teach them the fundamental character of godliness. Prosperity has ruined many a young heart that grows to maturity seeking everything in the world but God. Parents give their children everything their heart desires based upon the popularity of their peers, societal norms and pleasures. Knowledge of the Lord is never taught. A pattern of youthful godliness is found in Paul’s admonition to Titus that any young man can use to help him become a shining example of righteousness in a world dark with sin.
Young men that please the Lord are those who control the volatile spirit of self. The passions of youth weigh heavy upon pre-emerging adults. There are many temptations placed before the mind of young men seeking to remain pure. Controlling self is one of the most important passions of youth. Learning how to curb the desires of the flesh and mind come from a study of God’s word. Controlling the propensities to which a young man is subject demands self-government with a well-governed mind. Like Joseph of old, he knows when to flee sin. A godly young man will know what is sown today he will reap tomorrow.
The example of a godly young man is seen in a pattern of good works. Their life is a model of seeking spiritual things on a higher plane of holiness, righteousness and purity. They are filled with knowledge of God’s word instilling an example of integrity before others. Their speech does not betray their example as they learn to be respectful, honest, loving and kind. A pattern of good works is what separates a godly young man from the frivolous youth of the world. Adorning the doctrine of God is the cloak of purity that describes the young man pleasing the Father.
Young men who will shine as lights in the world will change the world. Joseph, David, Jonathan, Josiah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, Timothy and Titus are young men preserved by the Holy Spirit as models of the modern young man who makes a difference in their world. The names will be different today but we need so desperately young men who will stand on the foundation of truth to be an example to others of the righteousness of the Lord. In the lives of godly young men a new hope arises that will build the church in every community and solidify the home built upon the word of God, the Spirit of God and the eternal hope of Heaven. Let these young men rise to the challenge.