by Rev Joel Yong
1 Corinthians 16:10-11
When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am. So let no one despise him. Help him on his way in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.
Paul was concerned that some would despise Timothy because of his youth.
So he made sure he gave prior instructions to the church to welcome him and support him.
It is true that age based discrimination can occur as we may view that a young minister may not be able to be as good as an older one.
I chuckle when I remember that when i first started ministry- people commented on how young I was.
Now I am due for my 2nd long service award and people still say I look young!
More stories for chuckles – I have officiated at weddings whereby the anxious parents of the bride have been concerned upon seeing what I look like – and worried as to whether such a young pastor would fumble at the proceedings! They would ask for my credentials and how many weddings I have officiated previously!
But we can thank God that He does not look at your age or your background or your abilities when He calls you to His work.
Check out what He said to Moses the self-confessed stutterer-
But Moses said to the Lord, Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue. Then the Lord said to him, Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.
Say it with me.
“It’s not about the form or shape of the tool. It’s what the Master can do as His hands pick up the tool that matters.”
Stop looking at yourself or the weaknesses that are abound in an individual and begin doubting.
Rather look past that and look at what God can do in spite of all these flaws and shortcomings.
Live by faith and not by sight.