Have you heard about the boy from England who became the youngest computer specialist in the world? Ayan Qureshi was only five years old when he passed a complicated tech exam and became a Microsoft Certified Professional. He currently spends around two hours a day learning different operating systems and installing programs.
Ayan’s story reminded me of a passage in Scripture about another child prodigy: a boy named Samuel. He was chosen by God to serve in Israel before he was even born. Around the age of thirteen, Samuel was living in the temple when the Lord called him by name. Originally mistaking the Lord’s voice for Eli the high priest, he couldn’t believe that God would select someone like him – someone so young and inexperienced. But God knew better. He knew that Samuel was the very servant he needed to be a prophet and judge to Israel during a time of crisis.
The Bible says the following of Samuel: “The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground” (1 Samuel 3:19). Israel came to know Samuel as a powerful spiritual leader, and God allowed him the privilege of anointing the first two kings of Israel: Saul and David.
We know that God uses the young and old, the wise and foolish, to accomplish his will. Maybe you know a few young people in your own church who have already accepted their calling as servants of the Most High. Whether you’re young or simply young at heart, it’s never too soon or too late to do what Samuel did and say “Yes” to the work God has prepared for you. Remember your age will never disqualify you from serving alongside God. All you have to do is be ready to answer his call as he provides a place for you to serve.
I’m Joseph Tkach, Speaking of LIFE.