We did a challenge on season 4 where people had to balance eggs, a glass bottle, and a basketball to illustrate the different priorities we have in our lives. After Faith did the challenge with this one girl, she asked if God was a priority in that girl’s life. The girl said no and one of the reasons was just because she’s young. I mentioned in my diary that now that I’m a little bit older, I can see some of the consequences of people not putting God first in their lives while they were younger.
A lot of people see God or “religion” as something old people pay attention to. Once we’ve had all of our fun, then we’ll settle down and follow the rules and get serious about God.
I think there’a few different things that influence this way of thinking:
- We don’t really get what it means to have a relationship with God. If being a Christian really is just following rules and singing hymns and having to wear pantyhose to church, then yeah…I’m not rushing out to sign up for that.But following Jesus is so much more. There’s nowhere in the Bible where Jesus says, “I’ve come that you might have life and have it more quietly and orderly and boring.” I don’t think God will condemn you for not wearing itchy church clothes. There’s no rule that you have to speak in King James English. God wants a relationship with us.
Some of our best friends are people we’ve know since we were little and we’ve grown up with and can tell all sorts of fun stories about the things we’ve done together. We know each other. Why don’t we want that kind of relationship with God? When you’re 40 and praying that God will provide the money you need to make your mortgage payment, you know He’s going to help you because you and God have history. You saw how He took care of you when you were 8 and your best friend moved away. You know He helped you when you were 14 and had to give your first in-class presentation. He was there when you were deciding what your major should be, when you met your husband or wife, when your kids were born. You know God and trust Him.
- Other people think you have nothing to offer. If you’re young, what could you possibly know about God? How could God use you, a shrimpy little kid?For us being a culture that prizes the appearance and beauty of youth so much, we really don’t respect young people very much. Maybe it’s pride that makes us want to come to God with our own wisdom that surely only comes with age. We find it offensive that someone so young, so uneducated, so naïve could know God.
And yet, it’s those childlike qualities that God values. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
- We think we have nothing to offer. We’ve bought into the idea that God only speaks to mature Christians. Other people tell us we’re too young, we think we’re too young, and so we don’t allow God to use us. We’ll wait until we’re older for that.1 Timothy 4:12 says, “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.” When we read that verse, maybe we should say, “Don’t let anyone, including myself, think less of me because I’m young.”
Just like it’s never too late to have a relationship with God and let Him transform your life, it’s never too early! You’re not too young! Start a relationship with God while you’re young and get to know Him over the many decades of your life. Let God direct your path while you’re young and save yourself from second-guessing, mistakes, heartache, and dead-ends. Allow God to give you that abundant life…your whole life! You’re not too young!