Pastor Andrew Vickery
Accept the Gift
"Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 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. Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you." --1 Timothy 4:11-14 (NLT)
I turned thirty years old earlier this year. I don't really think of myself as young anymore. Though as I look out from the pulpit or the stage on any given Sunday, I realize that the majority of you will simply shake your heads at the notion that thirty isn't young. I've never FELT as young as I do when I get the sense that someone "thinks less of me because I am young." That doesn't make me (or anyone, I'm will to bet) feel young and vibrant--it simply makes us feel TOO young. I am keenly aware of the reasons Paul wrote these words to his protege, Timothy.
There are probably areas of your life that you feel TOO young to tackle. Or maybe it's not your age that is holding you back. Maybe you don't think you are smart enough. Maybe you think you're too ugly. Maybe you think you're not a very good public speaker. Maybe you think you're too shy. Maybe you think you've done too many "wrong" things to ever be made "right."
Maybe you think you're too sinful to be saved.
Nothing is impossible with God.
You are NOT too young to be taken seriously! You ARE smart enough to learn what you need to know to accomplish your goals. You ARE beautiful. No one likes public speaking. I'm ridiculously shy--and I'm a pastor! You may have committed many sins. You may still feel like you need to make amends for those sins. And you may very well need to apologize to some people. But "love covers a multitude of sins" and God IS love.
God's love covers our sins.
God's grace covers our imperfections.
God's mercy saves us from judgment.
God's peace settles our souls.
Do you see the pattern? God is at work in our lives! He is doing the very things that are impossible for us to accomplish! All that's left for us to do is accept that gift, receive what He is giving us, and live in His truth.