One question all young women face is the question of what their life purpose is. Maybe you’re asking yourself that very question right now. Why are you here? What is your God-giving calling in life? What should you do? Combine that confusion with what sometimes feels like condescending treatment you may receive from others as a result of your age, and you might be left feeling frustrated.
How can you know what your life purpose is when sometimes you feel as if others disregard you because you’re young? I want to encourage you with something today, sister, and it is this: You already have an overarching life purpose that God has entrusted you with. You are to be an image bearer of God (see Genesis 1:26-28) and an ambassador of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:20), essentially bearing the image of both the Father and the Son to the world. That is your overarching life purpose, and that is what you have been commissioned with (see Matthew 28:18-20 to read about our Great Commission). That is also the life purpose and mission that you will carry over into any other calling or role you assume, be it a college student, employee, business owner, wife, mother or missionary.
As a teenage girl or young adult, however, this can feel daunting—particularly when others may be looking down on you because you’re young. However, the following three important truths can help remind you that you’re never too young to live out your purpose.
1. Let no one despise your youth.
Now, of course this doesn’t mean you should go around being arrogant and prideful because you think you know everything. However, there is a reality to the calling found in 1 Timothy 4:12 where Paul says, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
You may be only in your teens or early 20s, but you have still been tasked with being an example of Christ-likeness to the people around you—whether they’re younger or older than you. As you bear the image of God to those around you, you inspire them to walk in a way that is honorable to Christ.
2. God regularly calls and uses the young.
When God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, Jeremiah was likely only about 17 years old, according to scholars. So when God came to him in Jeremiah 1:5, telling him that He had called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations, you can imagine Jeremiah’s response! Jeremiah answers, “Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth” (verse 6). I love God’s reply: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.'” God doesn’t care if you are only 14 or 17 or 21. He can and will use you right where you are to live out the life purpose He has for you.
3. You will be fully equipped for this task of bearing His image to the world as you walk by the Spirit and rely on His Word.
You’ve likely heard the saying “Those whom God calls, He equips,” and it’s true. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Second Timothy 3:16-17 speaks of it being the inspired Word of God that equips us for “every good work.” Between God Himself and His Word, we have access to everything we could possibly need in order to live out the life purpose God has given to us of being His image bearers and ambassadors.
You see, sister, you have been given a life purpose that you can walk out every day of your life starting right now. Right where you are, and at the very age you are. And that’s pretty exciting to think about.