Advice For Young People

June 26, 2012

Advice For Young People

Give of Your Best to the Master

“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

It is commonly believed that Salomon, the wisest man the world has ever known, was the author of the book of Ecclesiastes.  He counseled young people to remember God in the days of their youth.

Many foolish young people think they have every right to give themselves to fleshly pleasures in their youth.  Many even say, “If some day I yield myself to the Lord, it’s best that I wait until old age.  That way I won’t miss out on anything.”  This mentality assumes that God doesn’t have anything to offer them.  They are also of the opinion that there is nothing to be gained by serving God.

I’m thankful that I came to know Christ as my Savior as a young man.  I haven’t lost anything by serving him.  To the contrary, I have gained immeasurable riches.  God delivered me from the bad habits that lead many to shame and ruin.  By God’s grace I have friends among people who are honorable and virtuous.  He has given me a family I can be proud of.  At the end of my earthly pilgrimage I have the assurance that my children will carry on the work that has been the joy of my life.

If one really loves God, it seems logical that his desire should be to offer him their best.  What a disgrace it would be to wait until your retirement years and offer God a body that is weak and wasted.  One who truly loves God won’t waste his life in selfish pursuits.  If he does, he will regret that he did little, or nothing, for God.  The testimony of the Psalmist, David, in Psalm 71:17 was “O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.”

Ecclesiastes 12:2-7 relates the limitations and frustrations of old age.  “While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:    In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;    Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.    Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”  How can we expect the help and blessing of God in old age if we haven’t done anything for him in our life?

It’s a great consolation for an elderly person to be able to look back and say “My life hasn’t been in vain.”  If the best years of our life have been occupied in nothing more than the accumulation of earthly goods, we will have to leave them all behind.  We knew a man who, at his death, left behind a sum of seven and a half million dollars.  He gave it all to a good Baptist seminary.  For a time he and his wife were members with us in the same church.  They were a testimony to us of a life yielded to God.  Their money wasn’t the only thing they left behind.

Young man, don’t be a fool in the way you invest your life.  God has a plan for you.  What he can offer you is much more than you can make of your life.

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