Welp. Here it goes. Another night, another message. Lol! j/k j/k
One thing I have come to full realization of, especially as a Christian (can’t cannot mention that) is that you are not too young to do what you love. Yes, there will be times when maturity and development, etc. will come with time therefore some opportunities will have to wait but God won’t ever disqualify you from being used because of your age alone.
During my sophomore year, one of the things that would be consistent in my prayers is “Lord, I do not want to be an ordinary college student. Exhaust all my gifts, talents, and resources.” There’s this stigma on people in college that they aren’t in the “real world” and they are usually caught up in the college scene therefore not really caring about stepping out in their purpose during this season of their life. Which isn’t bad because this is usually when you’re learning about what your passions are and developing to be successful in this area. However, it should not be a reason for anyone to put their dreams on hold or to neglect the fact that God can use them right now. It does not make up for the fact that they ARE in the real world and every decision they make now will impact their tomorrow. I prayed those sincere and genuine prayers because I was changed by an extraordinary love and I wanted my life to be an example in this generation. I want others to know that God is searching this entire earth looking for someone He can use and will fully equip you with every good thing to do His will.
One person from Scripture I’m always reminded of is Jeremiah. I’m not going to go into the full trajectory of his life but when God first came to Jeremiah with the call of being a prophet to the nations, the first thing that Jeremiah said was “AH, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” Boy, is that me! Boy, is that us. Firstly, Jeremiah made a correlation with his inability to speak with his age. We tend to correlate knowledge, maturity, and ability with “seasoned” people. Those who have been through some stuff, gotten their degrees, and have pretty much learned how to do this thing called life. We aren’t on the edge of our seat when a man with his degree in Pastoral Ministries plants a church, but God forbid a teen boy were to preach the same Gospel message with whatever platform God gave him. According to Scripture, God can use both.
The Lord told Jeremiah, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” It isn’t about your physical ability but your willingness to do what God tells you to do! Then God went ahead and blessed Jeremiah with God’s word and set Jeremiah over nations and kingdoms. Not only to pluck up but to also break down. Jeremiah was blessed to also destroy, overthrow, build, and plant. Wow. God isn’t stingy when it comes to what He can do with an obedient and willing person. Not only that, but God will be with that person all the way! God will be there to deliver you and to fight for you. Yes there will be people who will try to fight against you, but they shall not prevail. For greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world! (1 John 4:4)
I recently applied for a position as an Editor for a Christian News magazine and I absolutely did not think I would get it. Why? All the other Editors I researched were already established authors, husbands/wives, bloggers, etc… I had no other leadership experience in the writing field besides my blog.
Lo and Behold, I got a call from the CEO and she expressed her genuine interest in me. Not because of any fancy qualifications I had under my belt but because of my Faith. She was first looking for someone with a passion for God and although she went through an overwhelming amount of applicants she said my Faith was the one thing that stood out. Guess what? She gave me the chance to be Editor. This college student still in the process of finishing up her degree. I fully believe that God is equipping me with everything I need to be successful. I’m not too young to be used, and to make a difference.
The world would most likely never give me a chance to take on such a position. Yet, God works with those who are willing. I know that FULL glory belongs to God and even though with more opportunities come more responsibility, I am going to be a faithful steward of what I’m given. God will never allow my enemies to triumph over me and with God’s help, I won’t give up in my pursuit of advancing The Kingdom.
There’s no special formula. God can, and God will use anyone whom He so chooses. Not only will He choose them but He will equip and protect them.
Don’t let this world feed you lies. Don’t allow anyone to project their own close-minded expectations on you. You do what God tells you to do! Enjoy it, love it, and make your difference.