Some weeks ago, I attended a funeral that really moved me.
A 93-year-old lady went to Heaven, and we accompanied her family as they are close friends of ours.
During the whole service, there were people speaking about this woman, who was a faithful Christian, and her many years of loving service to God. Even in her last days, she continued to talk about Jesus to all her doctors and nurses. When we visited her at the hospital, she was the one giving us words of comfort and used her last breath to challenge us to serve God with all our hearts.
The devil will tell us over and over again that we are too old or too young to serve Him. He will make you doubt your ability, your capacity, and your skills.
However, let me tell you something: while you are breathing, you are capable of serving God.
But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him! – Psalm 92:12-14
Even in old age, they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.
When you believe that, because of your age, God won´t use you, you feel useless and think that you have no value for the Kingdom. This is a lie that Satan uses to destroy your self-image by making you believe your life has no value.
This could not be further from the truth.
Joshua 14:6-12 tells us the story or Caleb. He was forty years old when Moses sent him with another eleven spies to the land of Canaan. From the twelve spies, only he and Joshua came back with a good report, believing that God had given Israel the land and would enable them to conquer it.
Forty-five years later, when he was eighty-five, his faith was still strong, his desire to serve God and the passion of his heart were intact.
“Give me that mountain” was his plea. Give me the hardest fight. Give me the biggest obstacle.
He wholly followed the Lord of Israel and he knew that his faith in the Lord would allow him to conquer anything.
“We are never too old to make new conquests of faith in the power of the Lord. Like Caleb, we can capture mountains and conquer giants if we wholly follow the Lord. No matter how old we become, we must never retire from trusting and serving the Lord.” Warren Wiersbe, Be Strong
On the other side of the spectrum, we see Paul telling a young Timothy not to let anyone despise him for his youth. He encourages Timothy to be an example for the believers and to serve God with all his heart despite his age.
When young people think that they are too young to serve, they don´t feel like an important part of the church. Yes, they will make mistakes. Yes, they still have many things to learn. However, as the next generation, as those who will receive our legacy of faith and carry on with it, we can´t let them think that their involvement in the church is not needed. How many of our youth have we lost in our churches because of this lie?
When God gives you the opportunity to serve Him, He looks at your heart, not your date of birth.
Don´t let Satan tell you that you are too old to be used by God. Don´t let him tell you either that you are too young or inexperienced to serve God. God has a place for everybody.
Content in His service,
Edurne lives with her husband and three children in Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela, where they serve as missionaries to tribes in the Amazon jungle. Her passion is to help women and children understand God´s Word and help them grow and flourish in their faith. She serves with Love God Greatly International and leads LGG Spanish. You can find Edurne and her team at: Ama A Dios Grandemente
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