There are some pretty neatly defined boundary-lines related to age in our culture. Which have you eclipsed? At 13, you can finally call yourself a teen. Wherever you live in the US, by 16, you can drive. At 21, you can buy alcohol—but you’ll still get carded because you look less than 40 years old. Turn over the dial to 35, and you might just be elected president, should you choose to run for office. Starting around 50, some places will offer you their senior discount. And somewhere in between 62 and 67 you can, depending on when you were born, at long last take advantage of your retirement fund. Age seems pretty significant, doesn’t it? It measures milestones of all kinds for us.
Let’s consider the question: How old is God? G.K. Chesterton posed an answer to this question: “It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” So, while He’s ageless, while He is known as Ancient of Days, God also expresses the most jubilant, youthful, childlike joy. As Chesterton reminded us… just look at the flowers, the sunrise each day. Just like a child, God seems to delight in saying, “Do it again!”
Instead of age determining our capacity for what God can or can’t do in, around, or through us… we discover that age means nothing. Age is just not a factor when an ageless God gets involved in our life. God doesn’t care about how many or how few our years have been. He can intervene, move in our hearts, transform our lives nevertheless. And He can welcome us to be part of the work He’s doing in this world. In our community, school, workplace. Even our family.
Zechariah had grown old and cranky. But that didn’t stop God from doing something amazing in his life. When God intervenes, when the Holy Spirit busts in… it doesn’t matter how young or old you are. Something is going to happen, some part of you will be transformed, and the dial is going to start to move toward breakthrough.
Whether you feel like you’re too young or too old (or too somewhere in-between) to be used by God, stop and ask Him what He’s up to around you. And jump in wherever He nudges you to follow Him.