On Christmas day, youth around the world will make a sudden and scary transformation into morning birds. After dragging their parents out of bed and gathering them around the Christmas tree, they will have the moment that we have all been waiting for- gift opening! With all the excitement and drama of presents, it might sound kinda cliche to remind kids like me that Christmas is about more than wrapping paper and stocking stuffers. But … it’s kinda true. Christmas is about Jesus! But, as a kid, should this realization dim my excitement now that the spotlight has shifted from my little corner of the universe? The very opposite! Because Christmas is a vibrant message to God’s next generation, portraying how the King of the Universe sees you, loves you, and will use you, no matter your age. With Him, you can do some stinkin’ awesome stuff.
Take Samuel for example:
Samuel was a youth in Bible times who grew up in the temple. Even as a boy he was already ministering to others. Instead of to the grown-up priests, God spoke to this little boy. And the boy listened. 1 Samuel 3:10 says: “10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’” Samuel didn’t stop listening to the God of his youth. It was God’s voice in Samuel’s ear that told him to anoint David as king of Israel. Because Samuel listened, he placed the boy, David, in the position needed to fulfill his part in God’s plan. Now, I know you might be wondering how Samuel ties into Christmas, but hold your horses for just a moment…..
Now, David was also used by God at a young age. When God’s people were attacked, David confronted the gigantic enemy with only a few stones and an immense trust in God. At that time, he was not even big enough to fit into armor. But because of his trust in God, David was victorious. Looking in David’s heart, God saw that he was the right kind of material needed in the Lord’s glorious plan. 1 Samuel 16:7 says: “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Later, many generations later, a new baby would be born: David’s offspring. His name would be Jesus. Told ya this would tie into Christmas!
Now let’s be real: what would your reaction be if an angel materialized in your own living room? You would probably be reliving what Mary went through when the angel, Gabriel, paid her a visit. But if Gabriel’s appearance had been unnerving, then his message was startling. The angel told this girl that she would be the mother of the King of Kings, given “the throne of his father David” How terrified, anxious, and confused I would have been. But Mary’s answer went like this: “‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Luke 1:38 This young girl, who might not even have been fifteen, was willing to obey despite the fact she was scared. God used her in her youth, just like He used Samuel and David. He used them to bring about His big picture: Jesus! And He can use you too.
No matter what age you are in, God notices you and uses you. Regardless of whether you’ve hit puberty yet, or whether or not you have a job or a car. Let Christmas and these three youths involved in its story remind you that God wants to use you. Now.
Suggested Song: Until the Whole World Hears, by Casting Crowns
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