We live in a culture that celebrates and recognizes experience over youth. Typically those with the most years working, with the highest level of education, or with the most prominent relational networks are chosen for positions of leadership and influence.
However, in God’s Kingdom we often see Him choose those younger and with less experience to accomplish His purposes. A few examples:
+ David (1 Samuel 16:1-13) - youngest of his brothers, least ‘impressive’
+ Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:1-8) - only a child, no experience
+ Joseph (Genesis 37:1-11) - seventeen
+ Moses (Exodus 3:1-4:14) - not young, but inexperienced, not polished, no confidence and in a low position
+ Timothy - probably late 20s to mid 30s
Paul’s guidance to Timothy: “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.“ 1 Timothy 4:12
What qualifies someone to lead in God’s Kingdom? What does God look for? Why would He chose someone young over someone with more experience?
Available - Not everyone God calls will answer. (Rich Young Ruler: Matthew 19:16-30) Sometimes people leave no space in their life to hear from God or to see His opportunities.
Servant-hearted - Jesus modeled how to live life and lead others. Do we have a heart to serve? Are we OK with not being first? (John 13:1-17)
Teachable - God calls us to live and learn in relationship with others. Are we open to allow others to speak in to our life? (David-Jonathan, Moses-Aaron, Timothy-Paul)