At our worship team practice this week, our 21 year old worship leader mentioned how blessed she is that even though she is so young, people of all ages choose to be on the team and submit to her leadership. (At that rehearsal, the ages went from 15 to 53 years old).
Later, in thinking about what she said, I had the thought, “I follow the anointing, not a certain age.” Sadly, I have been in too many situations where a blessing was missed because someone was being seen after the flesh (too young) and not after the spirit. This goes from receiving prayer for a healing, to being given an encouraging prophetic word, to even failing to mentor and disciple the younger generations for church leadership (so that an entire church was being led by those who were in their 50s and 60s, yet wondering why they didn’t have a vibrant outreach to families).
God is a generational God. He does not want just one generation to flow in anointing and leadership. This is all through scripture. One obvious example is Samuel. As a young child he ran to Eli three times in the night, hearing his name called. Once Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel it was God calling him, and the next time his name was called, to ask God what He wanted. Samuel followed the instructions of Eli, and God downloaded a very heavy prophetic word to this young boy! (1 Samuel 3) All Samuel needed was some training and instruction.
With the release of the Holy Spirit (after Jesus died and went up to heaven) our children have a much greater ability to have God speak to them and work through them than Samuel did. We are told to come to Him with childlike faith, but too often we don’t allow the children themselves to come to Him with their faith! How sad…
In texting this young worship leader about this subject, I was so blessed by what she wrote. Let me share part of it with you. “God’s really been teaching me how to look beyond the age factor on all levels. He’s taught me a lot about how to lean on the anointing… I rely so heavily on the anointing ‘cause age tends to be a source of insecurity and criticism from others sometimes! I love that the anointing knows no age limit!!!”
Amen! So let’s make sure we are teaching our children to lean on the anointing, and that we are looking beyond the age factor for the anointing, because “the anointing knows no age limit”!