When I attended Seminary years ago in the early sixties, I remember how I felt in all of the classes I attended. Most of the students were more advanced in their studies and all of them had been in training there at least a couple of years before my arrival. In short, I knew absolutely nothing, with the exception of the knowledge that I was a born again believer in Jesus Christ, called to preach his gospel.
In the midst of those seasoned men of the cloth, I soon learned that I was not there to be their enemy, but to become the best that I could be, a good example in the kingdom of God and a good witness in the world.
So I imagine that young Timothy sort of had that same kind of experience during his early days in the ministry.
In any field that one finds themselves to be in, I have noticed that it pays to be a good example. The worth of a good example cannot be overstated. Paul told Timothy that, in spite of his youth, he should be “an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity.”
In this modern age, the one great mistake that I see taking place and being practiced even in the church among the pastors as well as the laity, there is a “great falling away” from the doctrine of Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote to Timothy in his second letter, he told him, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.” See 2 Timothy 4: 3-4.
We are witnessing in this day and time the practice of toleration being practiced here in America in the defense of all kinds of sin that are condemned by God in the Bible. It is called “being tolerant.” Toleration in the kind that was practiced by sinners in the Bible days and in in Sodom and Gomorrah. The sins listed were many and God never tolerated them and He never commanded us to be tolerant to those sins.
Pastor Timothy was probably between the age of 35 and 40 when Paul wrote him this letter. The bottom line is, that all of us are to be good moral upstanding Believers in God and be obedient to His Word. That is being the best that we can be.