Paul gave Timothy some meat to chew on that would protect him and his congregation from being poisoned by Satan’s less-than-choice morsels. We would do well to consider these things also.
Be Confident – Do not let anyone look down on your youth. Your youth does not prevent you from understanding the truth and being guided by God’s spirit.
Be Attentive – Give attention to the public reading of the Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. Choose a church where the Scripture is read and recognized as the inerrant Word of God.
Be Faithful – Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you. God has given each believer gifts of the Spirit with which they can serve their brothers and sisters in Christ. Be faithful to use these gifts diligently.
Be Careful – Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them. Make it the highest priority to meditate on God’s word daily and to obey all His commands. Do not ever let down your guard. As you diligently follow Christ, your progress will be evident to all.
Be Persistant – Pay close attention to yourself. Watch yourself carefully. Satan is an angel of light and will try to trick you with his subtle lies. Persevere in studying God’s word for yourself and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit so you will be familiar with the truth. Pray that God will reveal any wrong attitude or belief before it takes root in your mind. Make sure your private life and public life both reflect the life of Christ.
You are what you eat! Just as you should pay attention to what you put into your mouth, you must also pay attention to what you put in your mind. Constantly nourish yourself on God’s words and sound doctrine. In this way you will stay strong and healthy in body and in mind and in faith!