Despised for Being Young and a Christian

Jesus instructed Christians in Matthew 28:19 to “…go and make disciples…” Basically what that means is to spread the gospel, which means the good news of Jesus Christ, far and wide across the world seeking to lead unbelievers towards repentance and faith. There are other ways someone could interpret the meaning of that verse, but today I just want to focus on one point and aim it not exclusively but especially towards the youth.

Then I said, “But, Lord God, I don’t know how to speak. I am only a boy.”
But the Lord said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I am only a boy.’
You must go everywhere I send you and say everything I tell you to say.”
— Jeremiah 1:6-7, Easy-To-Read Version

     In this verse of Jeremiah, God has commanded even the adolescence to go and speak for Him. It’s not solely the job of a seasoned pastor at a pulpit. Those that are involved in God’s work at any age already are valued, however, God can use anyone that’s willing to be used for His glory. Isaiah 6:8 says, After this, I heard the Lord ask, “Is there anyone I can send? Will someone go for us?” “I’ll go,” I answered. “Send me!” You don’t have to wait 40, 50, or 70 years to get on with your ministry if you can start right now! God used Moses when Moses was 80 and God also used David and Jeremiah when they were just boys. Age is not an issue. It’s the willingness and vigilance that God desires.

The Jewish leaders understood that Peter and John had no special training or education.  But they also saw that they were not afraid to speak. So the leaders were amazed.  They also realized that Peter and John had been with Jesus. — Acts 4:13

     Look at that. You don’t even have to go through years of theology school to get the hang of evangelism. Don’t interpret that to mean you are never to read your Bible again and abandon continuous study of the Scriptures. What it means is you don’t have to be intimidated by those who are more well-versed in the Scriptures than you are or by those who have the many years of ministry experience under their belt. Proverbs 9:10 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Go ye therefore – “Because” all power is mine, go! I can defend you.
The world is placed under my control.
It is redeemed. It is given me in promise by my Father, as the purchase of my death.
Though you are weak, yet I am strong!
Though you will encounter many troubles and dangers, yet I can defend you!
Though you die, yet I live, and the work shall be accomplished! — Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

     Here’s another promise just for you 🙂
Jesus guaranteed a Helper in John 14 that will be with you wherever you go and against whomever you encounter during your ministry. And don’t forget to pray. You can’t accomplish anything or save anyone by your own strength. It‘s a fact. And a verse (Phil. 4:13 and Ez. 11:19)

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. — 1 Timothy 4:12

     It’s not a popular thing to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you haven’t noticed, Jesus isn’t really trending as well as cocaine and LSD, premarital sex, block parties, and sagging pants are. It’s pitiful. However, Jesus didn’t come to fit in with the crowd but to save those in it. And He’s appointed you as His representative to speak for Him regardless of how young or mature you are. Defeat evil with good.  So go and represent. Be a leader. Wear a belt and keep your drawers up. Stand out and tell others about the gospel so that they might be saved.

 

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