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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Age

June 12, 2005

 

AGE AND HONOR Leviticus 19: 23----37

How should age affect the way we treat each other?

BIBLE READINGLeviticus 19:32

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord . (Leviticus 19:32niv)

Our elders deserve our respect. People often find it easy to dismiss the opinions of the elderly and avoid taking time to visit with them. But the fact that God commanded the Israelites to honor the elderly shows how seriously we should take the responsibility of respecting those older than we. Their wisdom gained from experience can keep us from many pitfalls.

BIBLE READING1 Timothy 4:1-16

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12niv)

Each age group should be worthy of respect. Timothy was a young pastor. It would be easy for older Christians to look down on him because of his youth. He had to earn the respect of his elders by setting an example in his teaching, living, love, faith, and purity. Regardless of your age, God can use you. Whether you are young or old, don’t think of your age as a handicap. Live so others can see Christ in you.

AGE AND GOD’S PURPOSE

Does our age affect God’s work in us and through us?

BIBLE READING1 Samuel 2:12-26

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Samuel was ministering before the Lord—a boy wearing a linen ephod. (1 Samuel 2:18niv)

God can use people of any age. Samuel was a young child, and yet he “ministered before the Lord.” Children can often serve God just as effectively as adults. God will use anyone who is willing to learn from him and serve him. He has no age limits. Don’t discount the faith of a child or let your age keep you from serving God.

BIBLE READING2 Kings 22:1-20

KEY BIBLE VERSE: [Josiah] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left. (2 Kings 22:2niv)

Even the young can play a significant role. In reading the biblical lists of kings, it is rare to find one who obeyed God completely. Josiah was such a person, and he was only eight years old when he began to reign. For eighteen years he reigned obediently; then, when he was twenty-six, he began the reforms based on God’s laws. Children are the future leaders of our churches and our world. A person’s major work for God may have to wait until he is an adult, but no one is ever too young to take God seriously and obey him. Josiah’s early years laid the base for his later task of reforming Judah.

BIBLE READINGLuke 1:5-25

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” (Luke 1:18niv)

Even the very old can play a significant role. When Zechariah was told he would have a son, he doubted the angel’s word. From his human perspective, his doubts were understandable—but with God, anything is possible. Although Zechariah and Elizabeth were past the age of childbearing, God gave them a child. It is easy to doubt or misunderstand what God wants to do in our life. Even God’s people sometimes make the mistake of trusting their reason or experience rather than God. When tempted to think that one of God’s promises is impossible, remember God’s work throughout history. His power is not confined by narrow perspectives nor bound by human limitations.

BIBLE READINGEcclesiastes 11:7-12:8

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1niv)

 

There’s no time like the present to serve God. A life without God can produce a bitter, lonely, and hopeless old age. A life centered around God is fulfilling; it makes the “days of trouble”—when disabilities, sickness, and handicaps can become barriers to enjoying life—satisfying because of the hope of eternal life. Being young is exciting. But the excitement of youth can become a barrier to closeness with God if it makes young people focus on passing pleasures instead of eternal values. Make your strength available to God when it is still yours—during your youthful years. Don’t waste it on evil or meaningless activities that become bad habits and make you callous. Seek God now.

 

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