1 Timothy 3:1
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.
The path to being an “overseer” – a leader – begins when you’re 10.
It might not end until you’re 20, 30, 40, 50 or even older, but it begins when you’re 10. In Middle School, Junior High, High School and College, you’re building habits and a reputation that will last a lifetime. You’re choosing a path and setting a destination that you will pursue for years to come.
It’s unbelievably popular for older people to say, “They’re young. They’ll come around eventually.” Then we all just sit back to watch the ineveitable train wreck and wait for the day that the wrecked train just up and decides it would rather be on the tracks than in the ditch.
And then we wonder why there aren’t more young leaders in the Church.
It’s time for the church to call it’s pre-teens and teens to spiritually dress for where they’re going instead of dressing for where they are. It’s time for the church to stop being amused by the philandering and treason of its youth. It might be “normal” in American culture, but it shouldn’t be “normal” in God’s culture. We should be setting higher standards and having greater expectations. After all, they’re not just “kids.” They’re future overseers.