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Know Your Age

Know Your Age


For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” - Esther 4:14(NKJV) 

It’s important to understand the age you are living in and the generation you are called to serve. That understanding will help shape how you accomplish God’s Will for your life. During a time of great personal struggle, Mordecai had to remind Esther of her age. He didn’t have to remind her of how old she was but of the generation or age she was living in. God put her in a position of influence at that time for one purpose only, to save His people from certain death. Like any of us, she had cold feet when her window of opportunity opened but thank God she was not alone. What about you? 

Do you know your age? What does your generation need that God has called you to do? Why are you alive during this season and what are you doing about it? One of my favorite books is called “Well Done”. I wrote it at a time when God was intensely working on my heart about my purpose. He led me through the scriptures in order to better understand how He chooses to work through certain key individuals during pivotal periods of human history. He also bridged the gap between His gifts and calling in Romans 11:29. Simply put; God won’t call you to do something He didn’t gift you to do and He won’t give you any gifts without calling you to use them for His purpose. 

Even though the broad definition of a generation is between 30 and 40 years, God’s purpose in your life is broken down into much smaller segments. Hence, you don’t just need to know your age or generation from a big picture, life-time perspective. You need to know the specific season you are in right now even if it’s one year or one month long. As I write this book, I am in a completely different season of my life than I was merely 2 years ago. Only recently, has God slammed the door open for me to do something of significance with my engineering career. Like Esther, I must move quickly to accomplish His Will in this area of my life.  

I recently sat down with two young engineers from my office who asked me to have lunch with them and share my “success” story. I told them about God’s grace and favor in my life. I let them know about the obstacles I faced and how God showed me the way out. I encouraged them to make the most of their youth and to never let someone else define the limits of their success. They sought me out, not because I was a pastor but because I was an engineer operating successfully within that sphere of influence. That is part of serving my generation, it’s a small part, but it’s part, nonetheless. What about you? What are you doing to serve your generation? How are you making use of this dimension of your time? Remember, know your age! 

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