Wednesday, May 21, 2008

THE AGE OF COMMITMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Every parent wonders about the age when their child is ready to make the commitment to follow Christ. Jesus was perhaps extraordinary as a twelve-year-old child when He stood in the temple and taught the Word with great wisdom. "And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers" (Luke 2L47). I have known a lot of twelve year olds who were not ready to be teaching in the temple. But I have also known some young teens who believed in God and were well-versed in Scripture. Maybe they are at the age that they can make a commitment to follow Christ. Josiah, the boy king of Israel, was a very spiritual young man. He became king at the age of eight. And, "in the eighth year of his reign while he was still a youth, he began to seek the God of his father David;..." (2 Chron. 34:3). Josiah was a remarkable young man and my experience says he would not represent the majority of people, but there is no reason that a normal 16-year-old should not be ready to make such a commitment to God. I have known 16-year-olds who have this kind of zeal. We have examples in Scripture and we have seen examples of youths who are already demonstrating it.

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