Monday, May 14th, 2012
Young Leaders (Part 1)
To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Timothy 1:2 (NKJV)
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.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NKJV)
Young leaders are old news to God.
As a boy, Isaac faced potential death by the hand of his father heroically. The prophet 'Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child' (1 Samuel 2:18). David was mocked by Goliath, 'for he was only a youth' (1 Samuel 17:42).
Joseph was 17 when he began his journey to become the Governor of Egypt. Daniel was among a group of 'Young men' (Daniel 1:4) taken prisoner to Babylon--therein to change a nation. 'Joshua the son of Nun, a young man' (Exodus 33:11) rose among millions to become Moses' most trusted assistant.
When God called Gideon, he said to Him, 'O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father's house' (Judges 6:15).
The conversation between Jeremiah and the Lord illustrates the improbable perfection of God's call to young leaders. Their exchange:
'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.'
'Then said I: 'Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.'
'But the Lord said to me: 'Do not say, 'I am a youth,' for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak' ' (Jeremiah 1:5-7).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: God's army in entertainment is a youth-led movement, because media is a youth-dominated field.
But mostly it's because young leaders are old news to God.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Young Leaders series.