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A Window of Time to Serve (Acts 13:36)

Introductory Thoughts

This life offers only a window of time and opportunity to work for the Lord. Youthfulness and old age both offer their own hindrances to service. In many ways, though not entirely, youth should be spent in learning, middle age in doing, and old age in teaching those who are learning and doing. Many of the greatest servants of the Lord found in scripture began their journey in youth by learning of the Lord and His ways (1 Kings 18:12; Psalm 71:5; 2 Chronicles 34:3; Job 29:4; Ecclesiastes 12:1). As they approached the prime of life, they invested their learning by serving the Lord (Numbers 8:24-25). As they passed their prime, they would pass their knowledge on to the next generation in hopes of the Lord’s work continuing and flourishing (2 Timothy 4:1-8)..

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): What can you do for the Lord? You can be like Timothy and learn your Bible verses (2 Timothy 3:15). It is important to practice what you know to do: obey dad and mom; listen to your teachers in Sunday School and those in church; be helpful. In doing so, you will be equipped, ready, and able to help others (2 Timothy 2:2).
  • (For everyone): In what age group do you find yourself today? To the best of your abilities, are you serving the Lord? Are you learning of Him, serving Him, and teaching others about Him?
  • How is each time of life just as important as every other time? How can ones failure to learn in youth affect his service in his prime? How are others hurt and severely limited when the elderly refuse to teach because they feel they have less to offer?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to help you become faithful in each phase of life.
  • Ask God to help you make the best use of your window of time..