You’re Never Too Young
“Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance…Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good.”
Titus 2:2, 6-7 (NIV UK)
Have you heard about the boy from Britain who became the youngest computer specialist in the world? Ayan Qureshi was only five years old when he passed a complicated technical exam and became a Microsoft Certified Professional. He currently spends around two hours a day learing different operating systems and installing programs.
Ayan’s story reminded me of a passage in scripture about another child prodigy: a boy named Samuel. He was chosen by God to serve in Israel before he was even born. Around the age of thirteen Samuel was living in the temple when the Lord called him by name. Originally mistaking the Lord’s voice for Eli the High Priest, he couldn’t believe that God would select someone like him—someone so young and inexperienced. But God knew better. He knew that Samuel was the very servant he needed to be a prophet and judge to Israel during a time of crisis. The Bible says the following of Samuel: “The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground” (1 Samuel 3:19). Israel came to know Samuel as a powerful spiritual leader, and God allowed him the privilege of anointing the first two kings of Israel: Saul and David.
We know that God uses the young and old, the wise and foolish to accomplish his will. Maybe you know a few young people in your own church who have already accepted their calling as servants of the Most High. Whether you’re young or simply young at heart, it’s never too soon or too late to do what Samuel did and say, “Yes” to the work God has prepared for you. Remember your age will never disqualify you from serving alongside God. All you have to do is be ready to answer his call as he provides a place for you to serve.
Holy Father, unfortunately we are so often the foolish ourselves, where spiritual matters are concerned. You made us and you understand us better than we ourselves. But we do ask for insight so that we can learn to serve you as you would have us serve, more and more perfectly every day. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach
About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA. You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.gracecom.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.