YOLO right? You. Only. Live. Once.
Sometime ago, I saw another variation of it. It said YOGO – You’re Only Young Once.
And that is my message for you today. You’re. Only. Young. Once. YOGO.
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come”— (Ecclesiastes 12:1a NIV)
That’s one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible. It gives me hope. A sense of joy. Makes me feel like I truly am doing the right thing.
I reflected on this scripture, and while reflecting on it, I asked certain questions.
Why does the Bible ask us to Remember our Creator IN THE DAYS OF OUR YOUTH?
Why not in our old age? In our old age, that’s when we’re closer to dying right? So that’s when we really should remember God. So we can go to Heaven. Or?
Or why not just plain “Remember your Creator” so we can remember Him whenever we want? Whenever we are ready? And at whatever age? That works better, doesn’t it?
I mean. Why does the Bible have to say IN THE DAYS OF OUR YOUTH? Shouldn’t that be the best times of our lives? Shouldn’t that be when we’re turning up and enjoying ourselves?
And God expects us to turn our backs on all the fun.
People we know are attending wild parties, getting drunk, having casual sex and we can’t.
As young Christians, we struggle. All the name calling, “Who do you think you are, Virgin Mary?”
The things that people do so casually, we can’t.
Certain conversation that should be “just banter” We cannot engage in.
God knows all this! He is Omniscient after all. So why does He let us go through all this? Why does He want us to remember Him in the days of our youth?
There has to be something about remembering Jehovah in the days of our youth. Right?
YES. Yes. Yesss. YESSS There is!
The Holy Spirit made me understand something, He made me understand that in remembering Him IN. THE. DAYS. OF. MY. YOUTH… I’m sowing seeds.
Seeds. Sowing seeds. That’s what you’re doing when you remember Jehovah in the days of your youth.
The Holy Spirit made me understand that every insult you receive because you’re serving Jehovah… Is a seed!
The sacrifice you make in spending time with God in prayer and in reading the Word, when you have course work and assignments and projects to do… Is a seed!
Oh, and every time you speak to the people around you, and you encourage them to also remember their creator… Is a seed!
You’re sowing seeds that money cannot buy into your future. In the future of your children. Into the future of your children’s children. And into the future of your generation to come.
A bit confused about the seeds I’m talking about? I’m talking about seeds of favour. Seeds of miracles. Seeds of open doors. Seeds of financial prosperity. Seeds of uncommon miracles.
Remember Prophet Samuel in the Bible? When he was only a little boy, he heard the voice of God. Not only did he hear the voice of God, He answered that voice! Not only did he answer the voice, he acted on it!
He remembered his Creator!
And in 1 Samuel 3 where it talks about how God called Samuel, the vs 1b says
Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon
Yet. The Lord broke that trend of uncommon visions and rare messages with Prophet Samuel. This is because Samuel remembered God in his youth!
He wants to do the same for us.
He wants to do an uncommon and rare thing in your life. If you only remember Him NOW in your youth!
YOGO. You’re. Only. Young. Once.
Use your youth wisely!