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Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 8

Kings

I was thrilled to turn fifteen, because I knew six months after my birthday I would be able to get my learner’s permit. In Virginia, fifteen years and six months is the proper age students are able to get their permit. Then, nine months after getting the permit and taking a driver’s education course, teens are able to get their driver’s license. I was extremely excited to get my license as soon as I was able to!

It seems like there are numerous things that have a minimum age someone has to be in order to do something. In order to vote, a person must be eighteen years old. In order to rent a car in Florida, a person has to be twenty years old. To be able to have a concealed carry license, a person is required to be twenty-one. Kids can start working at fourteen years old, but they can only work fifteen hours a week and can’t work more than four consecutive hours without taking a break. To run for governor, the minimum age is thirty. To run for congress, the minimum age is twenty-five. In order to run for president, a person must be at least thirty-five years old. So, with that said, I would like to announce my candidacy for president of the United States in 2024!!!

In our Immerse reading this week, we learned about a handful of very young kings. Some were considered good kings, some not so good. It would be easy to say it was because they were so immature and they did not make good kings. But that would be an ignorant perspective and would miss the heart of the matter – which is the heart of a person. The reason King Joash, at only seven years old, was considered a good king was because he was “found to be pleasing in the sight of the Lord.” It was his heart for the Lord which made him good for the kingdom. The same is true for us. It is the condition of one’s heart, obedient to God, which determines the kind of leaders we will be. Just as Jesus did with the children who came running to Him, as referenced in Matthew 19, may we not discount the young as partners in Kingdom work simply because of their age. Maturity in Christ is not the age you are in years, but rather the growth you continue to make in your pursuit of His righteousness.

Look at your relationship with the Lord. What steps are you taking to continue to mature in your faith?

In conclusion, I would like to announce that I am formally withdrawing my name from the 2024 Presidential race.