Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” But that is the starting point for all of us. Isn’t it? However, problems arise when a few factors go against the proper ‘moulding’ of the young mind. Such as, impious parenting, pious parenting with uncooperative and uninterested children, parents provoking their children to wrath, even untamed young wills which lead to rebellion and disobedience (spoiled children).
Psychologists have observed a pattern of physical and psychological developmental stages in the developing child. So, there are certain natural expectations when caring for the young. Furthermore, youthful years are critical to the effective and productive use of time. Sadly, there was a time early in history where God Almighty actually said He was sorry He had made man (Gen. Chap. 6); because, “The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Gen Chap. 8 v 21).
You see, man was only interested in doing what pleased himself and not what would have been pleasing to his Creator, Almighty God. Very similar to what is happening in the world today.
Youth, some of you are probably confused about your existence on this floating sphere we call earth. That is okay, for we all were confused at some point in our young lives. Well, scripture answers that question for you. Almighty God said in Genesis that you were put here to have dominion over all of God’s natural resources. Let us revisit that for a moment. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.
Then God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth””
I love the way the preceding is worded in Psalm 115 v 16, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.”
You see youth, the preceding is your original purpose here on earth. I know you feel as though you are locked within a system that can be overwhelmingly demanding. However, the first line of the scripture signifies exactly what you were originally made of; the Image and Likeness of God. Take a moment and meditate on that. Now, Almighty God is not a human but a Spirit (John Ch. 4 v 24). Therefore, your spirit and your soul were made, 1aa representative figure, in like fashion, resemblance, manner and similitude as Almighty God’s. Then, from the time you are conceived, the formation of your physical body houses the spirit and the soul.
Youth, the true and living Almighty God loves mankind so much that He wants man to dominate the earth; 1bto rule and prevail against all the natural resources He provided for man’s existence. In fact, when God said to be fruitful and multiply, He was referring to those natural resources. Remarkably, He had placed inside of you, from conception (even before the foundation of the world) Eph. Chap. 1 vv 4-6, the ability and potential to take of His natural resources and increase them for your domestic needs, comfort and pleasure.
Youth, it pains me to tell you that man/human beings had lost that position of dominion to Satan, who embodied a serpent in the garden of Eden, then proceeded to entice and beguile Eve. However, it was the first man, Adam, who sealed the fate of all humanity when he disobeyed God’s command to not eat of the tree of good and evil. (Read Genesis chapter 3, verses one  to seven ). Since then, all of mankind’s God-like nature had been tarnished with that of a sinful and rebellious nature.
Youth, your story is akin to that of the parable of the lost son in Matt. Ch. 15 vv 11-24 which states, as paraphrased by me, ‘There was a rich man who had two sons. The younger son desired to leave his father’s home to explore the world. He therefore, asked his father for his inheritance and left. During his time in the world, he squandered all his money on every kind of immoral indulgence. Needless to say, he wound up broke and homeless. Even to the point of salivating after pig slop. Then, one day, he remembered where he came from and decided to go back home, if even as one of his father’s servants; who, to his recollection were fed very well. So, he went back to his father’s house and his dad was all too happy to see him alive and sane.’
Youth, many of you feel hopeless about life and about the actual existence of God as you witness the bombardment of evil men carrying out evil deeds. Some of you even turn to alcohol and substance abuse as a form of escapism. Whatever is your method of dealing with the harsh realities around you, those methods will numb the pain and silence the noise for only brief periods. Almighty God gave us the answer to all our problems; His Son, Jesus Christ.
When Christ started His ministry here on earth, His life was a perfect depiction of what Almighty God expected of His first man, Adam. That is, to dominate. It is of no coincidence that Christ’s initial threat was the very same threat the first Adam faced but failed to dominate; who was Satan. Christ continued to perform several acts of dominance throughout the entire New Testament/Covenant to remind us about who we truly were.
Another example of Christ’s authoritative stance over other created things, was when he fed thousands with five loaves of bread and two fish. “…14When Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
15When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”
16But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
18He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
19Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.
20So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.
21Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matt. Chap. 14 vv 14-21).
Yet, another wonderful example was the time when Jesus took authority over the wind and the waves. 23“Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.
24And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.
25Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
26But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm.
27And the men marvelled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matt. Chap. 8 vv 23-27).
Youth, the gospel of John, Chap. 14 v 12 states, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
In the preceding, Christ was preparing his disciples mentally to receive His Holy Spirit at the appointed time; which subsequently occurred on the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts, Chap. 2, after His ascension to our Heavenly Father.
Youth, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who dwells in every born-again believer. Christ referred to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth. Why? It is because He knew you would be faced with a multitude of lies, purporting to be the truth within this dystopia we call our world. Where you are expected, as spiritually regenerated people, to function supernaturally and not like mere earth-dwelling humans.
By Gail Reid
All scriptures were taken from the New King James Version Bible.
1a The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible pg. 121.
1b The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible pg. 130.