Determination and Focus Leads to Victory
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
Despised for Being Young?
I think as a young person, one of the greatest disappointments we encounter often is being despised, especially from people we revere, people we look up to. It’s said that the youthful age is when we have the most energy to do things. But I am asking myself, if this is the time we have the energy, the strength to do things, especially working in the house of the Lord, why is it that some young men are always shuttered by the utterances of the people who should be their example? This is when experience and wisdom begin to choke you in ways you cannot comprehend. You are almost seen as an arrogant youth without vision.
During an anointing service at an all night programme, I kept hearing, ‘pray against death concerning members of the congregation’. I ignored that voice, but it kept echoing in my ears, so I decided to make way towards the Minister to tell him what I was hearing. Telling him exactly what I heard, he laid hands on me and prayed for me and ignored what I said. Confused about what the Man of God had done, I went back to my seat and prayed about death against any member of the congregation.
Many years on, I kept hearing the Holy Spirit speak to me, but because of the action of the Minister at the all night service, I did not believe God could talk to me. Even when the Holy Spirit spoke to me I thought I was imagining things. I did not build any strong sense of hearing from the Holy Spirit. And I thought He only dealt with the clergy (ordained men and women of God), until one disobedience to His revelation almost cost me my life. I realized, knowing Christ personally meant having an intimate fellowship with Him. A fellowship where we will talk to each other. He would show me His will and guide me through my journey.
Are You offended?
When people despise you as a young person it dampens your spirit. And gradually, as they keep pushing you down it destroys your faith and can cause you to even fall back into the world. Should we disrespect, disregard, ignore everyone and do what we think is right?
As young people, we cannot and must not disrespect our elders in anyway no matter what they have done. They may despise us, and make us feel we have nothing to offer, but they are still the authority God has put in the Church we must obey. We should rather be more interested in their wisdom to help us shape our lives. So how do we move on?
You’ve Got a Charge to Keep
As a Christian, you should know by now that God has deposited a special gift in everyone for a very special assignment here on earth. It’s our responsibility to discover that charge God has placed on us and keep it. Read Jeremiah 29:11
Before Jeremiah was conceived in his mother’s womb God knew him and chose him for an assignment. Read Jeremiah 1. Jeremiah had excuses why God should not use him, yet God made it clear to him He (God) has given him a charge which he must keep. God knew you and planned your life before you were conceived in your mother’s womb.
And like Jeremiah, there are people who are not ready to believe you, because they think God cannot use you. Maybe it’s making you feel you should not come forward anymore to also help in the House of the Lord anymore. Maybe you feel God made a mistake in calling you to lead or perform a special assignment.
5 Key Instructions to live an Exemplary Life
In 1 Tim. 4:12, Paul instructed young Timothy to set an example for the believers. So, as you refuse to allow anyone look down on you, it’s also important to understand that you have an obligation to set an example to others. You must set an example in
- Speech – Eph. 4:29, Col. 4:6, Proverbs 15:4; 21:23
- Conduct – Phil. 4:8, Romans 12:2, 1 Peter 2:21
- Love – 1 Tim. 1:5; 1 John 4:8,18,20, Mark 12:31
- Faith – 1 Tim. 1:5
- Purity – 1 Tim. 5:2; 22, 2 Tim. 2:22, 1 Cor. 6:18
Looking unto Jesus
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
When you are fixing your eyes on something, you pay close attention to it. In fact you don’t allow anything to distract you. Fixing your eyes on Jesus should therefore mean paying close attention to Him. Be very obedient to His commands and follow Him all the way. You are not instructed to fix, the word is fixing (continuous), therefore you don’t get to say along the way it’s enough, you go all the way. You don’t quit. Never!
So, just as Jesus faced people like the Pharisees and Sadducees, you will also come across people who know more than you, people higher than you who will look down on you. People will oppose you because you’re young. Your opinions to them will not amount to anything. Look unto Jesus when you are discouraged, despised, and pursue your charge with all diligence and humility.
Finally, don’t waste time criticising others. If others are interested in criticizing you even when you’re doing what is right, don’t let them stop you from keeping your charge. Like the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir says in their song titled ‘Heaven on my mind’, let them waste their time talking about you. Let them talk about you all they want. You’ve got to focus on your charge and keep walking whilst they are talking. Close your ears even to the “he said, she said, they said” and encourage yourself in the Lord.
Let no man despise your youth.
Heaven On My Mind by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
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