God recently laid it in my heart to write this. I have realized that what most people don’t know is that the purpose of God for a man is beyond his age or education. Purpose was created for man before man existed in the realm of time, which means whatsoever God has called you to be and do, is not tied to your age. Many today have not come to the full manifestation of their potentials because their youth is being despised by them or others.
Why is it ok and normal for young men and women to go all out doing the things of the world, but when they do ministry and really serve God it is frowned at? Why is it ok to release a circular music or feature in a circular movie at a young age, but being a pastor or on fire for God at that same age seem like you don’t know where you are going? The society today believes that to command the things of God you must be old. Who says you are too young to pursue purpose? That is the lie of the devil to stop young people from launching out early in life, finding purpose and fulfilling it. After all he is the god of the world and would like for young people to spend their youths living outside purpose. I often tell myself I am not of this world I am only in this world to change it and bring light to it. Jesus did it at a young age; I don’t need gray hairs to do the same. I have all it takes to be a change maker at a young age.
Someone recently asked me if I was a youth or fellowship pastor because I said I was a pastor, and he said and I quote ‘’Aren’t you too young to be a real pastor’’ I guess what he meant to say was that I was too young to be Pastoring people older than me , so it had to be youth or a school fellowship. Here is the question? Is the realness of my calling based on my age? Is the call of God only on those that are old? Did Jeremiah step out in fulfilling purpose base on age, oh what about David? Not to talk about Jesus and His many disciples, even Timothy and Titus pastored men older than them(1 Timothy 5:1-2). God has created you to be the light of the world, salt of the earth, and an example in all things, DON’T LET AGE STOP YOU!
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. (1 Timothy 4:12)
Perhaps people are telling you, you can’t and shouldn’t pursue all that God has for you now because you are too young and inexperienced, it’s time to tell them the God working in you is ageless and the author of experience. David looked young and inexperienced but God had prepared him for what was ahead (1 Samuel 17:34-39). The Holy Spirit gives everyman leverage irrespective of age, how much you yield to Him is what determines how early you will fulfill purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying a 6 months old baby should jump all out there; there is a process and preparation phase for every purpose. I am saying discern the times and seasons in your life and that shouldn’t be done by age.
Psalms 144:12 says ‘’That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace’’ Your youth is a time to grow and flourish in purpose, a time where you are polished and ready for all God has made you for. God wants you to catch your visions early so you can run with them with strength. Don’t waste time pursuing flying dreams when you can walk in God’s will for your life.
Don’t let anyone despise your youth, if they think you are too young for God to use you, then they are too old to get blessed by you. Jesus was younger than the man who was crippled for 38 years, yet He carried the grace and anointing to heal him. Imagine if His youth had been despised.
It’s not by age but by grace! Keep doing exploits; let no one despise your youth!!