In our feeble and fallen minds we often put limitations on God’s plan. Everyone seems to have an opinion about what’s “too young” and “too old” to serve in certain ministries.
If we look in the Bible, however, we see God using whomever He chooses, regardless of age.
Moses was under 2 years old when God orchestrated events so the Pharaoh’s daughter would find and keep him as her own son. He grew up as part of Pharaoh’s royal family. When Moses was 80, God used him again to speak to Pharaoh:
7 Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh. ~Exodus 7:7
Noah was 500 years old when he started the ark.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth. ~Genesis 5:32
Noah was 600 when he entered the ark.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. ~Genesis 7:6
Esther was believed to be only 14 when God used her to save the entire Jewish population of that time.
Timothy was believed to be in his early twenties when he started his ministry. Paul gave this advice to Timothy:
12Don’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
And of course there’s Mary, who was only in her teens when she was used by God to be the mother of Jesus.
Over and over we see God using everyone and anyone He chooses to accomplish His will.
Never let someone tell you you’re too old or too young to chase after what God has called you to do with your life.
Although there’s no shortage of opinions, it’s only God’s opinion that matters. Why are we so quick to put the Creator of the universe in a box? There are so many modern day examples of the young, the old, and everything in between serving Jesus and making a Kingdom impact in their communities and in the world.
What is God calling you to do with your life?
Who cares if you’re 19 or 90?
14Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. ~1 Timothy 4:14-15
So, what are you waiting for?