GOD is undeniably amazing (and by amazing I mean amaaaaaaaaaazing!) to end 2010 with a challenge which has fuelled my passion to serve, love, and glorify Him all the days of my life.
I am just so blessed to have attended the MEA-wide Christmas Institute (C.I.) of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship held at the Cavite State University on December 26-30, 2010. Being able to take part in God’s event, together with 10 young people from our church, is a huge blessing. I know that without His grace and providence, we couldn’t have made it to C.I. All the praise and honour be to God!
During the five-day institute, God revealed to 2,400 youth from all over the Philippines the importance of SPEAKing. As His children in this generation, God commands and inspires us to SPEAK—to Seek, Pray, Empower, Act, and Keep. The Bible tells us the stories of young Jeremiah, Daniel, and Esther who carried out this commission. At their young age, God called them to be a prophet, a counselor, and a queen. They heeded the call and fulfilled God’s purpose in their generation.
Today, the same God calls on the youth to stand up, speak, and bring this lost world back to Him. We cannot argue with God and say, “But God, I’m still young!” I can imagine God answering back, “Exactly! You are young. And you are strong and bold. Why can’t you set your hands to work in such a time as this?”
There is no age requirement to serve the Lord. I have seen grade schoolers already active in church ministries. I have seen grandparents in their 70s and 80s still deeply devoted to the work of the Lord. These people are at the tails of their lives (either extremely young or old) yet they are giving the whole of themselves to serve God and His people. Why then can’t we, being in the peak season of our lives, have the same passion and offer as much of who we are and what we can do to God?
One can never be too young or too old to take the path of seeking, praying, empowering, acting, and keeping on for the glory of God. I pray that our youth won’t be an excuse, but a reason to do the work God has entrusted us. That we would serve, love, and glorify God and give Him our best NOT despite being young but because we are young.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, life, love, and purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)