Pristine Grace

What About Your Age?
by Henry Mahan

     I am encouraged by the number of young ministers who are taking up the banner of Christ Jesus and daring to declare the whole counsel of God. These young men, whom God has raised up, should be heard. They are God's instruments to destroy the old foundations of flesh, promotion, and program, and to lay a new foundation of Grace. Look in the Bible and at history and you will see how God has used the young as well as the old. There is no such thing as an old preacher or a young preacher if the preacher is declaring the word of the Lord! Truth is measured by revelation not by education. Experience cannot make a thing true, and intellect cannot make a thing to be a lie which is true. Over the head of all storms, turmoils, and changes which my poor, weak, silly nature passes through, there is a rock which cannot be moved — "LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY MAN A LIAR".

     The world may despise your youth but the things which are base, despised, and nothing to the world, God uses to promote his glory. The world makes much of age, experience, and education — God may use them or not use them according to His blessed will.

     Paul said to Timothy, "Let no man despise thy youth." Spurgeon began his mighty work at the tender age of nineteen. Calvin finished his famous Institutes, which have been read world wide, at the age of twenty six. David Brainerd traveled thousands of miles on horseback, wrote his famous diary, was God's instrument to bring revival to the Indians, and died before he celebrated his thirtieth birthday. Robert McCheyne was mightily used of God and died at twenty nine. John the Baptist finished his ministry at thirty two.

     Let us encourage one another. Let us be attentive of God's preacher wherever we find him — young or old. Our Lord is Soverign in his selection of his servants and only uses them when, where, and while He is glorified.

     Our years of experience, knowledge, and skill benefit us nothing if they serve only to lead us away from that child-like faith in the word and power of God. If a man is known as a young fool now for the Truth's sake, I pray that in fifty years he will be known as an old fool for the sake of Christ and Truth.