It is not uncommon for me to counsel with men and women who believe that God is not able to use them because of their youth—either their physical age or their time walking with the Lord. The Bible, however, tells us this belief is not true. We are never too young to be used by God.
Consider the prophet Jeremiah; he frankly acknowledged his sense of inadequacy:
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
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 was a young man who did not feel up to the task of speaking for his God. This is a common ailment among many of our youth today. Satan loves to convince young people that God is not ready to use them because of their age. This is one of the sharpest tools in Satan’s tool box. And yet God says, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’” Why? Because wherever God sends us to speak on His behalf, He goes with us. What any of our youth lack in age, God makes up for in “almighty assurance” that we go in the strength of our God.
If you read the passage from Jeremiah closely you will notice two things: Jeremiah did not have to find an audience to serve or create a message to speak; God chose the audience for Jeremiah and determined the words he would speak. And what was true for the prophet Jeremiah more than 2,600 years ago is just as true for all of us today—especially for young people. Everyone we meet is a divine appointment. There are no accidents in life and we never randomly “bump into people.” God arranges the meeting and creates the message. We simply must be faithful to answer the call.
This is just as true for those who are young in the faith. Far too many tell me that they need more training and education to serve God. NOT TRUE! Education and training are certainly good things, and as Christians we become students for life. But our service to God is to begin the moment we are saved. And our service begins by telling others what God has done for us in raising us from death to life.
Listen: God knows the numbers of hairs on your head and He knows your age, both chronologically and how long you have been walking with Jesus. He knows exactly what you know and will equip you for everything He calls you to.
You and I will never approach the level of wisdom that God gave Solomon. But fear not! God knows exactly what He is doing in calling you at your current age today. My years as a pastor have taught me that God calls the equipped by equipping the called, and victory is assured because God is with us!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!