Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
1 Timothy 4:12-16
One thing that I am truly grateful for is that God saw fit to save me whilst I was young. If any thing, I see this as an amazing opportunity. It is an opportunity in the sense that I have been given time to get to know Him in my youth to prepare myself for adult life and He has saved me from things that I do not even know about.
I have continuously been reminded of this scripture recently. We are told to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, however as a young person, what I have found is that to work out your own salvation, often leads to you being treated as though you are naive or rebellious.
I believe that this year is going to be an amazing year, with regards to my relationship with God. I was saved but I now truly feel converted. For me, moving churches wasn’t an easy decision. However, over a month later I am beginning to see God’s plan for me and the reason why He has brought me to this church. I found myself standing in the service today teary eyed just because I could feel the Holy Spirit’s presence.
I can see God preparing me for my summer abroad. He is challenging me. He is making me realise that I need to serve Him beyond the four walls of the church. He is showing me that I was not called to preach to the choir. I sometimes forget that even this blog is an opportunity for me to reach people. My desire is to see people become converted and not just saved. You can be saved and not converted but you cannot be converted and not saved. For me, my passion is to inspire others to get to know God personally.
I am not saying that God doesn’t speak to you through people, but as much as He tells your friend or pastor about you, He also wants to tell you. You do not have to go to Bible College to know the Word, we have the Holy Spirit. Once you have a desire to know Him and begin to diligently seek Him, all things will fall in to place. Sometimes I find myself writing and then deleting paragraphs because I do not want to come across as naive, but then I realise that I am only despising my youth. I want my love for Christ to inspire others no matter their age. You are never too young or old to know Him.