The Baby of the Family

Each person has the potential – in our everyday, simple way – to glorify God in this world.

Acts 23.12-22

Reference:  v.16  But when the son of Paul's sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  I am the youngest child in our family, or as I was always called 'the baby of the family'.  While my parents always said this lovingly, I hated it.  It made me feel like I was the little simple child and yet all I desired was to be was as cool and wise as my two older sisters!
Children and youth are often dealt a bad hand purely due to their age.  People can put you down or underestimate you for the limited amount of time you have been alive, and yet there is truly nothing you can do about that!  You can study harder to be more knowledgable, you can exercise harder to be fitter and you can work harder to earn more money but you can not do anything to become older!
In this passage Paul's nephew overhears a plot to have Paul killed and so he goes and tells him Paul about it.  He is then instructed to go and tell the commander, which would have been a terrifying task.  Whether Paul was absolutely desperate or not he puts his life in the hands of 'this young man' (v.18).

Application:  Throughout the Bible we hear of everyday, simple young people changing the course of history by standing up for God and their family.  The story of Esther comes to mind of someone who was considered nothing and yet she was brave enough to stand before the king and fend for her people.  David was only a young man when he stood before Goliath and fought for his God to whom Goliath had blasphemed against.  Mary was only a teenager when God chose her to be the mother to the Hope of the World.
The amazing stories of God using everyday, simple young people do not stop at the end of the Bible, they continue on.  Each person has the potential – in our everyday, simple way – to glorify God in this world.  Do not underestimate yourself.  Now is your time to be brave and stand firm for God.  Don't let your age or your looks or your education stand in your way, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and you can do mighty things through our Saviour who gives you strength. 

Prayer:  Lord, you have knit me together in my mother's womb.  May I not waste my life aiming for prestige here on earth but may I work towards bringing glory and honor to you.  Amen.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.