Name Tags: You Are... (Part 98)
Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
Luke 18:16-17 (NKJV)
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy Name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV)
Youth is a cultural fascination, and media focuses on the young. The Lord Himself talks about young people, and their relative importance to Him. Therein, consider two thoughts about youth:
1. Young people form the front lines in most wars. Their bodies and passions are powerful. But they need time, patience, guidance, knowledge and the humility to wait their turn. Even the young Christ had to learn and wait.
2. Grown-ups must become like little children in order to enter the Lord's kingdom. This transformation is not physical, but a youthful vigor is evident in Spirit-filled adults of any age.
To the young saints reading this devotion: Your age and talents are well-timed tickets to a huge concert called entertainment. So rise, be cool and be counted for Christ. You know better than to force-feed your faith. But offering the fruit of the Spirit is an appetizer with broad appeal.*
To God's mature believers wondering... Are you too old to step up on this stage? Were Abram, Sarai and Moses too old? Was Caleb too old to fight great giants? Every army needs experienced trainers and leaders. If your heart is ringing like an alarm, get up, get dressed and go where God tells you.
To Be Continued...
* 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law' (Galatians 5:22-23, NASB).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.