As I read through the history of the Israelites, one of the things that has always amazed me is the story of King Josiah who became King of Judah at age 8. The Bible tells us many stories of evil kings, even of King Manasseh, Josiah's father. Despite the evil ways of his father, the Bible tells us Josiah“did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the ways of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left" (2 Kings 22:2). After his evil father reigned for 55 years, I find it incredible that Josiah cared enough to repair the temple. While the temple was being repaired, he found the lost Book of the Law, read it and tore his clothes when he realized they were not following the word of God. I continue to be amazed as King Josiah asked the priest to inquire of the LORD for him (2 Kings 22) and did this in a humble and penitent way. He then read the law to all the people of Judah and lead the people as he attempted to get them to follow the law. King Josiah reformed Judah at the young age of 26 (2 Kings 22:3). It is amazing the things that those who are younger can accomplish.
Here at the Elizabethtown Church of Christ, we have so many young people who are willing to lead and do the Lord’s work. I am so thankful for all the young people that we have and their willingness to lead in things like the youth service that we had this past Sunday evening. I am also so thankful for their parents and grandparents who encourage them and work with them, and our Elders who allow them opportunities to serve.
It is so important for us to train our young people to lead, as they are an important part of the church. These young people are the future Elders, Deacons, Preachers, Bible class teachers, parents, and worship leaders. The church will always need leaders in order to function in the way the church works best: God’s way that the Bible describes to us. I am thankful for the many young people that we have at Elizabethtown who are willing to step up and lead.