Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

I Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

God is raising up a younger generation who have a heart for him. This millennial generation is in search for meaning in all that they do but the older generation doesn’t want to relinquish their power with the excuse being, “they are too young.” When God has gifted you to lead through all of the experiences you’ve been through there is a no such thing as being too young. Sure you will have to mature for your position but you can’t let anyone look down on you because of your age because age ain’t nothing but a number! There are a lot of older people who stopped growing and a lot of younger people who are wise beyond their years. When you are young and gifted you must press forward into what God has called you into by setting an example…

1. In speech. When you open your mouth let everyone know how wise and mature you are. Sometimes, it’s better to be silent and be thought of as wise than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. When you are given the “mic” please have something to say because of the time you have spent studying prior to taking the stage of life.

2. In life. Your lifestyle is your résumé. People are always watching to observe the consistency of who you say you are. Your name is all you have so live in a way that protects your good name.

3. In love. Jesus said, “Anybody can love those who love them back” but it takes a spiritually mature person to love their enemies. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. And love your neighbor as you love yourself.

4. In faith. Always be ready to give an account of what you believe in. When times are hard don’t lose your faith use your faith. People would rather see a sermon lived out than hear a sermon preached.

5. In purity. Stay Gold! Protect your innocence. Bad company corrupts good character. Always check your motives and ask yourself why am I doing this? Is this for my own vain glory or is this to give God the Glory? Only what you do for Christ will last.

Dear God, empower this new generation of leaders to build where we have failed to finish building. Equip them to set an example for us as to how the Kingdom of Heaven should look on earth as it is in Heaven. Don’t let me be intimidated today by my youthfulness or lack of experience but help me to be inspired to lead as you have gifted me to lead. Give me wisdom to lead as you would have me. Age ain’t nothing but a number and greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.

In Jesus Name,

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