1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Are you letting your light shine?

It does not matter how long ago you got saved. If you look long enough, you will probably find someone who has been saved longer. Sometimes those who have been saved a while might inadvertently dismiss your input because of your youth. How do you and others define youth? Time is the measure of youth. The Bible refers to time in three different ways:

  • Chronos – meaning minutes and seconds, or time as a measurable resource.
  • Hora  – meaning a certain or definite time or season fixed by natural law and returning with the revolving year.
  • Kairos – meaning God’s timing, especially in terms of fulfilling the prophetic, and completing His will and purposes.  

Know that the saints can measure your youth in Chronos, Hora or Kairos time. They will say things like, “when you have been on the battlefield as long as I have you will know.” Don’t let that hinder you.

2 Peter 3:8 Don’t imagine, dear friends, that God’s timetable is the same as ours; as the psalm says, for with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day. (The Voice)

You have to recognize what plot and trap the enemy is using to interfere with your passion, and stop him. The Bible gives you instruction on what to do, no matter how you measure your time with the Lord.

If Chronos:
Ephesians 5:15-16 Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], 16 making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. (Amplified Bible)

If Hora:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace. (NKJV) (New King James Version)

If Kairos:
Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, Because it will certainly come; it will not delay.” (Amplified Bible)

It’s true your unbridled passion may get you into trouble, but you can be the better for it. What the enemy means for your demise, God can get glory from, if you let Him. Continue to live a life that glorifies God. No matter where you go or who you are with, redeem the time and let your light shine so that men will believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Please agree with me as I pray:

Father, it does not matter how I am measuring my time with You, I’ve come to a place where I can just be me. I can let my light shine. I thank You. I can speak of Your goodness. I can talk of who You are. I can lay claim to my salvation and openly proclaim that I’m excited about it. I will let no one despise it, and I won’t despise it. Am I too young in terms of time on the earth? Am I too young in terms of the season I am in? Am I too young because someone else thinks You have not finished with my preparation and maturing yet? I am no longer concerned about what other people think when it comes to hearing Your voice. I will hold who You say I am and what You’ve done in my life to a higher esteem level. You have shown me I need to be excited about what You are doing and have done in my life. When I’m not, I am telling and showing You I ashamed of You. It means I think You made a mistake or have left something out. I repent for evaluating your work. I am grateful and I will act like it…


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