Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth – Jeremiah 1:6
When God called me to be a pastor, I was scared. I felt that at 26, I was too young to be lead the congregation of a megachurch here in Birmingham, Alabama but while I was praying about it, the Holy Spirit brought the calling of prophet Jeremiah to my mind.
He was young too when God called to be a prophet which is a tremendous responsibility and the youth protested because he didn’t feel qualified because of his age. But God quickly addressed his concerns with these words, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak.” I think what probably cinched it for Jeremiah when the Lord told him him not to be afraid of the people and promised to be with him to deliver him.
I realized that I wasn’t in this alone. God called me and he was going to be with me just as He was with Jeremiah. All I had to do was to do whatever He commanded. I stepped out in faith and showed up at the church I was to pastor and the rest, as they say is history. I just celebrated my tenth anniversary as pastor and I’m still going strong, thanks to God who not only called me to serve Him but qualified me to do it to His glory.
My experience has taught me that we are never too young of too old to be used by God. He will equip us for the work He calls us to do and He will be with us every step of the way. We have nothing to fear or worry about because He promises to be with us. Like Jeremiah, we don’t have to worry about what to say. God will give us the words. He will put the words in our mouths when the time comes for us to teach, share the Gospel or in my case, to preach. Just trust and obey Him and He will do the rest.
The above is a story of fiction but it was inspired by David Platt, who at the age of 26, was hired to lead the congregation of The Church at Brook Hills, a megachurch in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the youngest megachurch pastor in America at the time. Like the prophet, Jeremiah, he is a testimony that age isn’t a factor when it comes to serving God.
Source: Bible Gateway