How old are you? How young are you? Do you know anyone who thinks he/she is too old to actively serve God in the community? Does anyone imagine they are too young to serve? The truth is anyone who feels the Lord moving on his/her heart is the right age to serve God and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why do so many young people think it’s the responsibility of an “older person” to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, and why do many older folks feel it is the job of a younger person to teach, preach and instruct the world concerning the Gospel?
All of us that feel called to move forward the Kingdom of God in this world are of the proper age. You are NEVER too old, and you are NEVER too young, to speak to someone about God. All believers are called to be His witnesses. In fact, when you think about it, how selfish it is for those who are “saved” to not tell the “unsaved” about the saving blood of Jesus Christ.
To not tell the unsaved about the Gospel of Salvation is to not “love your neighbor as yourself”. Imagine this…If you were asleep in your home late one night and your home caught on fire and your next door neighbor saw the flames inside your house, would you not want your neighbor to call you or knock on your door to wake you up and save your life? Imagine if your neighbor knew your house was on fire and knew you were asleep but made no effort at all to wake you up or alert anyone. Is that a loving neighbor? This is exactly what we do when we do not talk to our unsaved neighbors about the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Now, what kind of a neighbor are YOU? Are you the kind of person that will warn your neighbor about the flames surrounding him/her, or will you sit there and watch him/her perish in the flames? Where your neighbors spend eternity could possibly be up to the effort YOU make in alerting them to the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Of course, only faith in Jesus Christ can save anyone, but the Lord also uses us to lead others to Himself.
Do you still think you’re too old to work for the Lord? Consider this…Moses was 80 years old before God spoke to him from the burning bush and told him to go to Egypt to lead God’s people out of Egypt. Yes, he was 80 years old! His brother Aaron, who helped him throughout his life of service to the Lord, was 83 years old when they began! (Exodus 7:7) No doubt, Moses probably wondered if he was too old for the job.
Okay, what if you think you’re too young to serve God in your community? In 1Timothy, Paul the Apostle wrote these words to Timothy, who was a young man…”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.” No person is too young, or too old, to strongly serve God!
I’ll end our discussion with the same questions I began with. How old are you? How young are you? And now, what does it matter? Expressing your heart is what’s important, not your age. In fact, expressing God’s love to the world is the only thing that matters in life. And if you love God FIRST, you will truly love your family…and others, as well. God is everything that is good. He is everything that means anything. Share this with your children. This is the greatest gift and blessing you can give them…a knowledge and relationship of, and with, Jesus Christ, starting at a very young age. We’re never too old, or too young, to begin.