This year I turned 40! It was a time of much celebration, since people have ‘tied on us’ unbelievably faithless low life expectancy numbers, but it was as well a time of much reflection. “Where’s my life going? What have I achieved? I’m I growing old?”, I wondered! I’ve always seen myself as young and I have no plans to change. Everyone above thirty tends to give discounts to their real age until you hit the undeniable fifties!
Ten years ago, with much fear and trembling, a few friends and I set out to start Worship Harvest Church. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done and I’m keeping fingers crossed that God doesn’t ask for crazier; like… (fill in). I was thirty then. I look back now and thank God that He gave us an opportunity to carry this dream and to see thousands of people be transformed by His love and power. And it’s just the beginning!
If you are a student of leadership, age thirty should be quite fascinating. I came across this in my quiet time this morning, that has sparked off all these rumblings:
“David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.” II Samuel 5:4-5 NKJV
By this time, David had run the family enterprise (sheep) for many years, been to the palace as Saul’s worship leader (he could play until demons flee), taken out Goliath in one of the greatest battles in Israel’s history, commanded Israel’s army under Saul, ran from Saul a long time (leading a rebel group), married three wives (Eish!!! Don’t try this at home), had many children; generally accomplished more than many people do in a lifetime; ALL before he became king at 30!
Joseph became Prime Minister of Egypt (their America – the greatest nation on earth at the time) at age thirty.
Jesus started at 30 and left at 33! Many of His disciples were either age-mates or younger than Him.
Alexander the Great succeeded his father to the throne at 20, and went ahead to conquer most of the known world by 30! He died at 33! He’s still considered the greatest military general of all time!
Martin Luther King was shot at 39, after many years of the Civil Rights Movement. He helped found and became President of the SCLC at 28!
Sunday Adelaja who wrote Church Shift started God Embassy in Ukraine at 27! By the time he turned 40, he was one of the most influential leaders in the Christian circles globally.
What has happened to us? Why is everyone waiting to turn seventy before they can embrace a life of significance; only to find out that most of your time and energies are gone and it’s too late to make new friends!??? Nowadays, you find thirty year olds who are still under Mama’s protection, having everything bought for them and living in the boy’s quarters! The mum will usually escort them to the job interviews!
HOW ABOUT YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH 30?
What had you accomplished by thirty?
What are you accomplishing if you’re in the zone?
What do you hope to accomplishing if you’re not yet there?
What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?