Monday, June 17, 2013

Age Doesn't Matter

    In the Bible, we are called to serve God, and to keep His commandments. But sometimes it can be easy to say, "I'm really too young.." or sometimes even, "I'm just too old for that." But we still have responsibilities. Now, clearly, a new born can't really go out and evangelize, or even really understand anything that's going on. But we're not talking about them right now. A lot of times, we can start to think that we are too young to start obeying God. Now, clearly, we do have some limits. We can't exactly become missionaries on our own, and we do have women's rolls, as we can see in 1 Timothy 2:12 which says, "I do not permit a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet." But, we can always find things to do. We can teach Bible class, which sounds very difficult, but as long as you have someone in there with you, it's actually really easy once you get the hang of it. You can set up Bible studies with friends, or when a friend asks you for advice, tell them about what the Bible says about it, and plant that idea into their head.

     Talking about the Bible to other people isn't the only thing that people seem to have a hard time with, and tend to excuse with age. Also, dressing modestly seems to be one of those things. Some people tend to have it in their heads that, "Oh, I'm too young for it to really matter." It does very much matter. Now, I'm not saying that everyone does this. Not at all. But I do see a problem with it, and sometimes this is the thinking. For some strange reason, you can buy bikinis for your three-year-old little girls. And some people think, "Aaw! That's so cute!" But that is just teaching girls of all ages, that modesty doesn't matter. And that is very much false. It doesn't matter what age you are, as long as you are conscious and able, you need to follow God's Word.

     A lot of people use this excuse, as well as several others. But God didn't give us rules only for certain age groups. Once you are baptized, that is accepting all of the rules in the Bible, and no one can do that for you. Once you are baptized, you are saying that you are old enough to understand, and follow God's Word. So please, before you start thinking that you're too young for something, remember Luke 2:41-52, which is the story of Jesus in the temple. Jesus knew who He was, and was learning as much as he could when He was only 12. So next time you think, "I can't do it." or, "I;m too young." Remember that God will never give you anything you can't handle.