“What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him.” A. W. Tozer

Sermon #68: Teens - Your Age Matters Not - Biblical Encouragement.

Your age does not matter. How inspiring!

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child." But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you." - Jeremiah 1:4-7 (NIV)

That's the word of the LORD, directed at you; yes, YOU

The LORD says, "Your age matters not to me. You've to do whatever I send you to accomplish. You may be young, you may not be popular with people, people may be looking down on you on account of your youth, but if I have chosen you, you've to immediately embark on my assignments without hesitation."

Jeremiah said, "I am only a child." The LORD replied, "Do not say, 'I am only a child." In other words, the LORD was saying, "The ability comes from me, not you." Indeed!

Here is what the LORD told Timothy at one point: "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in lifein love, in faith and in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

You may be running away from your responsibilities because you think you are only a child. You may be conducting your life in a certain manner because you believe you are still, or only, a child. 

The LORD is encouraging you right now. He is saying, "Do not act like a child anymore! Do not continue to say, 'I am only a child.' It's time for you to arise, for my glory! Set an example to all - your fellow youth (teens), adults and even to senior citizens!"

Won't you heed His exhortation? Think about it.