Do you know someone who looks down on you because of your youth?
One of my favourite verses in the Bible 1 Timothy 4:12. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
There’s this idea I’ve heard in Christian circles that says you can’t serve the in Lord’s work until you’re older. As an eighteen year old, that doesn’t seem too appealing to me. I don’t want to wait another thirty-one years to be able to serve the Lord, I want to serve Him now, and I’m sure most young Christians feel the same.
But when I see this verse I’m greatly encouraged. It says we can be an example to other believers, both young and old! It also gives me another piece of encouragement as well. When we hear the term, “Serving the Lord,” what I used to think of was ministry. Being a pastor or working in the church, that was when we would really be serving the Lord, but of course you don’t see many eighteen year old’s pastor a church. So does that mean us younger men and women can’t serve God? Of course not!
Serving God isn’t limited to the church, it’s doing anything and everything that points people to Him and is done for Him. Serving God is doing anything that’s for His glory, whether it’s mowing the lawn, washing the dishes, or even studying those text books. We serve the Lord and give Him glory in everything we do, as 1 Corinthians 10:31 says.
So I want to encourage you today, that you don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Don’t let them say things like, “What does he know?” or, “What can he do?” because when you’re seeking after God, you’re already serving Him. When you’re walking in His will and loving others, He sees that as equal to leading a church ministry; though we may undermine one and highlight another.
So let’s show the world what we youth can do! Let’s be that example of Jesus the world is looking for! Now excuse me while I go help Mom teach the siblings….