If you’re anything like me, it’s so hard to think of yourself as one who can make a big impact. “After all,” we think to ourselves, “I’m a nobody, I have no platform, and surely there’s someone else who is more qualified to make a difference” (whatever the cause). Well, the Lord has definitely taught me that I can’t think this way! Jesus has a habit of using ordinary people for extraordinary tasks, and He gives us many examples of how He does this in the Bible.
There are truly countless examples of this throughout history, but today I would like to focus on just a couple young people: David, King of Israel, and Esther, Queen of Persia. What these two people accomplished at very young ages continues to inspire me, and I hope it will inspire you as well.
The first one we’ll discuss, as I mentioned, is David. David was the youngest of his eight brothers, and was chosen by the Lord to take the place of King Saul. He cared for his father’s sheep, was an accomplished harpist (playing for King Saul), and killed a lion and bear on his own. On top of this, we all know the story of how David, upon hearing the prideful Philistine “defy the living God”, rose up with courage and killed Goliath with just a sling and a stone. The most amazing thing to me, though, about all this, is that David was only about 16 to 19 years old when these things took place!
The second person we will discuss is Esther. Esther was a young, orphaned Jewish girl being raised by her uncle, Mordecai, and was living in, what was then, Persia (now Iran). The King of Persia, Ahasuerus, through a series of events, decided to remove the current queen, Queen Vashti, from her royal position. After this, young women would be gathered and evaluated to take the place of Queen Vashti. Among these young ladies was Esther, who would be chosen as the next queen while only in her mid teens! A few years later, Esther would be the person God used to save the entire Jewish population from being slaughtered, again, while still a young woman.
Now let’s look at something these two people had in common. Both David and Esther displayed amazing amounts of courage in their lives. David did this by standing up and saying, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37 NIV), and Esther, by saying “…I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16b NASB). They both faced desperate situations, and instead of only thinking of their inadequacies, they thought of how they could do something about it. That’s what is so inspiring!
You see, it’s been done before, and I firmly believe it can be done again! We need to heed the words of Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
So with that in mind, I have a few more things to share with today’s young people.
I want to challenge you to consider what you’re living for. Are you living for the latest fashions, the latest pop artist, or guys? I understand these tendencies, but I believe there is so much more to be living for. Even things that seem small may have a huge impact, like doing something special with your siblings, sharing the gospel with a stranger, playing an instrument at a local nursing home, or getting involved with a pro-life organization. Also, although the world has tried to decrease the esteem of our role, we have an extremely important job ahead of us – the job of raising the next generation of leaders. We can raise the next farmers, businessmen and women, attorneys, musicians, scientists, and maybe even presidents! Each of us has something to offer, and I think we need to focus on two things:
1) Our relationship with the Lord. This effects everything in life. What could the Lord do through a generation of young ladies who are more concerned with pleasing the Lord than pleasing men?
2) What we’re doing to make a difference. We all have strengths, and our relationship with the Lord will lead to Him showing us where we are to serve.
This younger generation desperately needs young men who are willing to step up to the plate and lead. I see an unfortunately small amount of young men who know what they’re going to do in life, have a plan for how to get there, and are serving now where they can. So I challenge my brothers in Christ to pray, dream big, have a vision, and lead now in their churches, communities, and eventually, their nation!
Now you may be wondering, “How does this relate to our duty to liberty?”
My answer is this: young people have made dramatic differences in their communities and countries before. They realized that they were God’s tools to change the culture. We must realize that we must solve the problems of our day very soon. We are the next generation of leaders, and we can start making a difference now.
So my encouragement to young people is this: you can make a difference! Seek the Lord, dream big, and get involved!