Age ain’t nothing but a Number

They saaayyyy its because of your age reader but age ain’t nothing but a numberrrrrr. It ain’t nothing but a number!!! Forgive me for my secular reference but it’s very true. In today’s day and age many believe you must be at least 30 to walk in your purpose and spread the word of God. Because of this stigma many people know their calling yet they run from it in fear of being downplayed or not taken seriously. Well I am here today to give you a couple of reasons to walk in your calling no matter the age. Why wait until 55 to allow God to use you?…you may not even make it until then.

The Few

“For many are called, but few are chosen”-Matthew 22:14 ESV

God has called many of us of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors but only a few will answer the phone. Only a few won’t send him to voicemail or shoot him a text saying “I can’t talk right now I’m busy.”Be that few, don’t treat God like a telemarketer treat him like your savior. Do not let your age stand in the way of you answering the call of God. Your obedience is tied to someone’s destiny. You answering the call can be the catalyst for a ground breaking revelation for yourself and those around you. Don’t miss out!

The Example

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV

No matter how old you are it is never too early to become a role model. There is nothing like having someone to look up to or to ask for advice, especially when you feel like you can relate to them. Being a young follower of Christ gives you the ability to reach people that not everyone can reach. It gives you platforms on campuses, at schools, in organizations, and even on teams. Anywhere you are the word will follow and you will have the opportunity to make an impact. Your age is not a handicap, it’s more like an access code to a whole entire generation, use it wisely. Be the example.

The Gift

“Do not neglect the gift you have which was given to you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hand on you.”1 Timothy 4:14 ESV

Whatever gift you have whether you are a musician, singer, writer, speaker, motivator, leader, mentor, intercessor, prophet, evangelist, preacher, healer, prayer warrior, can speak in tongues, have the gift of discernment, etc. You are meant to use it! It was given to you intentionally and you are expected to share that gift and use it to glorify God and bring people closer to him and age shouldn’t stop you. Being young and gifted is great, this gives you time to truly unlock your purpose and to learn how to use your gifts to the best of your ability. Don’t be disrespectful and not even begin to pull back the wrapping paper on the gift that the Lord has given to you. Tear it open and never stop using it.

The Guide

“But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 1:7-8 ESV

Trust God to be your guide as you step out and try new things at a young age. It can be a little scary at first knowing you have such a huge calling on your life and knowing that you are younger than the average person, but just know that God is with you. He would not command you to move towards anything he hasn’t prepared you to encounter. In the words of Nike “Just do it” God will be with you and everything will go according to his plan. Be obedient, God will provide.

The Spirit

“But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right.”-Job 32:8-9 ESV

Wisdom is deeper than age. He will broaden your knowledge and deepen your understanding of your gifts when it is time. However, be aware that God doesn’t run on our time which is probably why age doesn’t matter to him. As long as you are seeking God and asking for him to use you he will. There is no “You must be this old to be a christian” sign anywhere. You are filled with the spirit and prepared for whatever God bestows upon you. Keep searching for knowledge, guidance, and understanding and he will continue to provide it.

In short, once your calling is activated it will command you. It will pull you towards your purpose but the question is will you follow? Or will you let your age deter you from glorifying God?

-Bri-Anna Lewis


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