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March 2016

Jesus Was a Young Adult

By Joy Kitanga

Jesus was a baby born in a manger. Then, he became a hero who saved the whole world. He died, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. Jesus performed many wonderful acts and miracles in this world: he saved the lame, healed the sick, fed thousands of people, walked on water, and delivered people possessed with demons.

Because of all of the amazing acts he accomplished, we often focus so much on the divinity that we disregard the human he was. We seem to portray his life as consisting of babyhood and heroic divine—end of story. Yes, He was that cute baby, then a young boy, a teenager, and, ultimately, he died as a young adult. He experienced pain, He cried, He laughed, and prayed to God. He had parents, family, friends, teachers, and enemies. Life as a young adult was not easy, but He took the calling very seriously.

As a young adult I find myself pondering many questions: Am I faithful every time or only when it is convenient for me? What am I willing to give up for the sake of the Gospel so the world will know and build a relationship with the Lord? What kind of Christian am I—a hot, cold, or lukewarm Christian?

I was attending a young adult conference when I heard that Jesus was a young adult for the first time. I learned that Jesus’ ministry—written in the four gospels—occurred between the ages of 30 and 33. I received a revelation of how significant turning 30 was—and I saw the gift of being 30. I was about to enter the “Jesus year,” as one of the young adults called it at the conference.

Jesus was about 30 years old when he began his ministry. - Luke 3:23a CEB

Many people have their “Jesus Year” come and go with knowing about their spiritual gifts. We need to teach and talk about the young adult Jesus so we can experience the miracles ourselves. Jesus is living inside each and every one of us. He is not dead but alive.

I recently shared this with my sister who responded, saying, “What? Are you serious? Jesus’ ministry was only for three years? He was 30 and died at 33?” She was surprised upon learning this reality and now wants to live her full potential—the Jesus year—even in her forties.

Learn your gifts, prepare for ministry, and see what the Lord will do for and through you.

Discussion Question: The Apostle Paul said “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). He then lists the different kinds of spiritual gifts we have been given in order to achieve that common good. Have you discovered your spiritual gift? How is that gift at work in you? Take this spititual gifts assessment to find out how you can make this year your "Jesus Year."

Young Adult devotions written by Joy Kitanga