You have a place. You have value.
1 John 2:12-14
This is my second draft of this piece. My heart just says, delete it all and then be short and sweet. If this passage is a "pause and parenthesis" then my duty is to get out of the way.
Listen, no matter where you are now, you have value in the Kingdom of God. It's easy to look at other believers and compare ourselves. It often happens that we measure ourselves short and step back, believing that we aren't far enough along to be useful.
None of use has arrived, but all of us have the same call: to glorify and enjoy Christ.
Little children: you recently found forgiveness, you have not been distracted but remember the sweetness of salvation. Help us remember His kindness toward us. Share the simplicity of your faith, remind us of our need for salvation and the wonder of the Cross. Remind us when we become lofty, that Jesus loves us. Refresh us with the faith of a child.
Young men: You also have only just begun your walk with the Lord, but you have seen enough to have a passion that cannot be matched. No earthly cause could ignite the zeal you have. You make us uncomfortable with the norms and excited to live bigger. You would fight to the death for your King and you enlist everyone around you. Challenge us, inspire us, move us.
Fathers: you have walked with God through valleys and mountain tops. You have known him longer than you hadn't known him. You have lived out his word, you have survived trials and seen more of the character of God on the other side. Lead us. Gently guide us when we doubt or stray. Let your wisdom be a reminder to us that perseverance produces character.
In Christ, there are no strangers. You have been welcomed into His fold. You have a purpose, no matter what your place on this Earth.