Proverbs 19: 21
Every child of God committed to serving God desires God to use their ordinary life extraordinarily. But at times, we find ourselves second-guessing ourselves.
I’m still too young. No one will take me seriously. I have all the time in the world to live life the way I want and then find my purpose. I don’t think God will use a young person like me to ignite a flame for Christ in the kingdom?
These are some of the things you hear young people say. Or maybe you have a zeal to serve God, but an older Christian has discouraged you. They have told you that you are too young. No one will take you seriously. Or you have a long way to go; you need to, first of all, face the challenges of life before you can start igniting a flame for Jesus.
But it is never too early or too late for you to find your purpose. Jeremiah told God he was only a youth when God said to him that he has chosen him to be a prophet for the nations.
Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” Jeremiah 1:6(NIV)
What was God’s response?
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1: 7-8(NIV)
From God’s response, we learn that God is not a respecter of person. He does not look at your age or the things men look at. God already knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb, and he has great plans for your life. He created you for a purpose, and the end result of that purpose is for the gospel of Jesus to spread in all nations.
God revealed to Jeremiah his purpose. He was to be a prophet to the nations. It is our purpose that enables us to do what God wants. Purpose will enable you to know where you are and where you’re going. It will help you to avoid bad groups and cause you to move from being lukewarm to hot.
Do not follow the crowd. Don’t buy into the lie that you are too young or you have all the time in the world just because you’re young. Find out what God wants you to do, and then follow through. With the Holy Spirit’s help, you will be a great vessel that God will use to flame up the message of the gospel across the nations.
Do you know your purpose? If yes, are you fulfilling it? If you don’t know your purpose, ask God to reveal it to you. Ask Him to show you how to fulfill it and to guide you in your ways so that you don’t stray from it.