How old are you really? I think oftentimes as a young adult there is pressure to live up to a certain standard, a particular lifestyle and to take part in the “American Dream”. I truly believe that this is not what God calls us too, He calls us to be in a relationship with Him and follow Him! I recently gave my first message at the Underground Worship service at Valley Church to the High School Student Ministry. The message was a part of the T3 Series, focused on Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure. The Message: “Age is No Limit”.
As believers we are called to be good stewards and this is a discipline that is often difficult to implement. The Students worked towards being stewards in the ministry expansion efforts at Valley Church through the ❤ U DM campaign and they were challenged to take action in supporting the efforts. The primary scripture from which I prepared my message was 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”(NLT)
Regardless of our age, we can have great impact for the Kingdom of God. Whether we are young or old, our impact today is what matters most. What are you doing today to have an impact? We have all been blessed with different gifts; Time, Talents and Treasures! Are we being good stewards of these gifts and blessing others with them? We may have to sacrifice our own desires to become Christ-like and make the best use of the resources we have been given!
I often find myself challenged with this and I constantly am seeking guidance from God on how to best utilize the gifts He has given. So often in times past I was caught up in utilizing the resources I had for personal wants or desires, rather than seeking to bless others. I recall in times past wanting to buy more stuff when walking through the mall. Today I walk through the mall with a completely different perspective and rarely an urge to buy something I want. The fact is now that my Heart has been transformed and I have a renewed perspective, I find myself being a better steward each day, however far from perfect. I still have many aspects of stewardship that I am hoping to improve and God will continue to work in my Heart.
The students took on the challenge and raised money to go towards the ministry expansion, but more importantly, the message I shared with them provided an opportunity for a new perspective to get to the Heart of the Matter, and to encourage them with the fact that even though they may be young, they can have an impact. Anytime we sacrifice something to benefit others we are making an impact. Even those that are in the latter half of their life may think it is too late. It is never too late! God does not care what age you are, He just wants your Heart! I challenge you to pray and ask God how he wants you to use your resources, rather than relying on our own desires and decisions. He may call you to do something outside of your comfort zone, but you can rest in the fact that the provider of those resources is directing their use through you and you can be an example to anyone! You are not defined by your age, you are defined by who you are!