The Gift of Youth

There are seasons in our lives that all of us will go through and one if them is the season of youth. And then you will go into single adulthood, then for some, marriage and family, and then golden years. These are seasons and we will see that there is a season of youth that comes with a wonderful privilege, but it also comes with an assignment.

Let’s look at how the Bible speaks of youth as a gift. Though it is a season, it is also a gift that comes with a responsibility. We are going to address two different seasons—youth and eldership—with advice and instruction for both.

Prepare for Every Season

What the Bible says is that there are seasons in life. Each of us will go through season and we must recognize them and prepare in advance for each season. Some of you are thin the season of youth; some of you are in single adulthood. For some, you are in marriage an family; for some, you are in your golden years and are grandparents. Every single season has a purpose under heaven. If we do not distinguish or define the next seasons and prepare for it and begin to do what God asks us to do within it, that which could have been a beautiful season turns into something horrible and maybe even spells death.

Steward Each Season Well

God expects each of us to steward each season well. What season are you in? Every season, though some might be longer than others, are equally important and each comes with God’s purpose attached.

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven” (Ecc. 3:1).

A Word to Youth — Making Learning Your Goal

What is the basic purpose of the first season of life?

“A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction” (Ecc. 4:13).

When you stop learning, foolishness enters in. Foolishness is not the result of youth; foolishness is the result of someone who comes to a point where he can no loner receive instruction.

Find Godly Mentors

Mentoring is a self-initiated program of learning. Often we say, “There is nobody.” But they are all around. Mentors, however, will not be sitting and waiting for you to call them. You just have to go and find them.

That is why Joshua became such a great leader. He understood that mentoring was a self-initiated program of leaning.

“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent” (Ex. 33:11).

Moses had just spoken to God face-to-face on the mountain. When he came down, guess how was waiting for him at his tent? Yes, Joshua. He would not leave the tent — Joshua parked himself there and camped on the porch of Moses. That is what made Joshua a great leader … because he initiated learning.

A Word to Elders — Actively Build a New Generation of Genuine and Godly Leaders

God has entrusted us with such potential because He believes that we are the ones that can bring the best out of these young people. The power of the connecting of youth seeking instruction along with the potential of being released by the elders is absolutely phenomenal.

See Past the Seasons

God sees past the seasons and into what they could be. When others saw a shepherd boy, God saw a king. When other saw Peter as a rash and impulsive fisherman, God saw in him the rock into which He would build His church.

It is almost as if God gives us potential in our midst and says, “Of all the possible places, I am going to put them in your midst because I believe in you. I believe that you will actively build a new generation of godly leaders.”

The Assignment of the Elders — Command, Encourage and Strengthen

First of all, God is saying, “charge” or command. The next one is to encourage them. And the third step is to strengthen them. Strengthen them by who you are, by your presence, by your commitment to them.

If we both catch God’s purpose under heaven, from this place will come leaders, governors, rulers and world changers, because God believes in these elders and put potential in the youth. They work great together under the purposes of heaven. Let us do that together and you watch, you wait and you will see what God will do in this place.

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