Stan Cornthwaite - Message for the Young - Glencoe, Australia - 1995

We are glad to see so many young people here. In a mission this year, we did a count and found half our congregation were over sixty years of age. Wilmington Convention had nearly as many young people as here. We are very glad to see they are here and to hear their testimonies. We know a little of the struggles; we are not unmindful for them. It is not easy to swim against the tide, but that will bring blessing. There are many temptations at every turn.


God is looking down from Heaven to those who will be standing true; looking to young people to stand true to the convictions of their own hearts and to the truth that is in the Bible. We can be a wonderful example in many ways and it is always encouraging to hear of those who have witnessed a good testimony. We are thankful to hear of some being brought to the meetings, bringing other young ones who have looked on and who have known the darkness and depths of despair out in this world, and have seen a little light showing.


I enjoyed the testimony of a young Sister who has gone out into the Work. When she approached her boss to give notice, he asked why. She told him and then she had to spend two hours in the office telling them what she stood for and what she was going to do. They asked her if there were any other young person of her faith who could carry on the work she was doing. She had been working there less than a year but that was true testimony she had. She was able to recommend someone else who had a good testimony where she was then working but they were not valuing her as they should have, so she got the job.


I have been looking again at some in the Scriptures who, in their young years, obtained a good testimony and their names are written in the Book of Life. Some names are not mentioned. We don’t know who they are but because their deeds are recorded in the Scriptures, their names are recorded in Heaven. Some were not wise and made wrong decisions and choices that led them right away from God. They are recorded also, but their names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. They are written of that we might take heed and learn. They are directions we should not be directed in. Probably most have seen some who have taken the wrong direction and some have found it very heavy going. Some found just no way back.


I thought of Cain and Abel. I don’t think they were very old when Abel brought an offering God could accept. He came trusting in the blood of the lamb. I believe he had heard the story many times of what had happened in the Garden of Eden, and as Abel had listened, a conviction was laid on his heart, and he brought an offering God could accept. Cain could not be spoken to. God gave him a second chance, but he would not take advice from God or anybody, and he went out from the presence of God.


Isaac was a young man when his father took him to offer him up as a sacrifice. Isaac could have resisted. He was strong enough to carry the wood, strong enough to resist, but he went along with his father, prepared to give himself as a sacrifice that pleased the heart of God. Young people balk at the sacrifice side of things. They turn their backs on that which their parents have believed in. We are glad for those who have laid their lives on the altar of sacrifice. Isaac was willing for that and later on, had to advise Jacob to go to his mother’s people to seek a bride. He could speak with authority because he had been through a similar experience and was satisfied with his father’s arrangement for his own bride, Rebekah. His brother Ishmael went out to a lost eternity. Esau made choices that were a grief of mind to his parents. When he saw the choices he made did not please his parents, and that Jacob was obedient, he went out and took a daughter of Ishmael to be his wife. He was wanting to come a bit nearer, but the daughters of Ishmael were Abraham’s children according to the flesh but not according to the spirit. There may be some near to the Kingdom whose parents are professing, but that is only going part way and is not going to bring the full blessing. Jacob obtained the full blessing, was prepared to pay the price, obedient to his father and submitted to the will of God. Joseph at seventeen years of age had a clear vision of what was ahead, and set himself along that pathway and didn’t swerve from it. His brothers were no help but he had his eyes on the goal ahead in Heaven, and he walked that pathway.


We read of Miriam, the sister of Moses. When Moses was born, the order had been given that those children were to be cast into the river. Miriam watched where Moses’s mother placed that little ark. An older person may not have been able to do that, but she could watch and speak a word in season to save the situation to enable Moses to have the right upbringing. The parents of Moses made right choices; he was a man of Levi married to a daughter of Levi in accordance with the plan of God. They were willing to work together and the plan of God was able to go forward.


Samuel was another young man who had a great testimony. In I Samuel 3, he ministered to the Lord in the temple. He was only a young lad and maybe he was attending to the sons of Eli but he was not taken up with what was around him. Hannah had been very concerned with the trend of things those days and desired and prayed for this son. If she could just have this son she would give him back to the Lord. He was obedient to her, obedient in the temple, and a wonderful example.


David as a young man was well reported of. He behaved himself wisely in the house of Saul and his name was much set by, and because of that he behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul. He had a good testimony. I don’t think it was so easy for David even then, but he had learned to know God and the guidance of God’s spirit and the power available to help him even before he went there, and he continued to do the things that brought the favour and help of God.


At about that time, we read of a little lad who went out with Jonathan when things were quite bad. David’s life was in great danger because Saul had turned against him. This lad was used as a messenger; he was to go and collect the arrows shot by Jonathan. He didn’t know anything but he was doing what he was told, filling a place in the kingdom, and David’s life was saved. Later, when Absalom rose up against David, David sent to find out what Absalom was doing. A young woman went and told them so she, too, was being used. There was a lad there, too, who carried the message back to Absalom, but he was going the wrong way. The young girl carried the message to the anointed one of God.


There is a young maid in II Kings 5. The words she spoke were, “Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria ..... would recover him of his leprosy.” No name of her is mentioned. We think of the circumstances that took her there, but here she was, serving in the enemy’s house, but in touch with the God of Heaven. She knew where the prophet was. She must have been serving her master faithfully or those words would not have been worth recording. She could speak the words of truth.


There was that young man, Elisha. Elijah was sent to anoint him to be a prophet in his stead. He was a good young man. His father had sent him with the servants to plow the field to get it ready for the harvest. It was necessary to get a harvest because there had been a famine for a long time. When the touch of God came upon him, he left all that there. Another harvest was more important. He told his father, “I am going with Elijah,” and I suppose the father was quite happy about that.

Daniel purposed in his heart to partake of the things that would enrich his relationship with God. It was the same with the three men who were cast into the fiery furnace. They purposed in their hearts that, no matter what, they were not going to bow down. They knew it was far more important to bow to the God of Heaven than to listen to the earthly king’s orders, and they were protected in the fire. It had no effect on them.


In the New Testament, there is the young lad with the loaves and fishes. He gave what he had, and his name is not recorded either, but what he did, in his eyes and the eyes of the disciples, looked so little, but in the hands of Jesus, it was able to meet the needs of the multitude. It may appear to you younger people, that you have so little to give, but in the hands of God, if we are prepared to give and do what we can, it could meet the multitude’s needs.

Another young man was Paul’s sister’s son. Paul was in prison and there was a conspiracy to get him to another prison and some were going to kill him on the way. It became known to this young man so he went to the prison and saw the chief captain and as a result of this young man doing his part, Paul was saved. That young lad could probably get in where a man could not have gone and was carrying a very important message.


Timothy as a young man had an unfeigned faith and he was well reported of before Paul took him into the Ministry. That is another thing that is within the reach of us all, to be well reported of in the church. There were others: the little child Jesus took and set in the midst of the disciples, just to show the way of true greatness was to become a little child. Maybe a child does not fall into the same category, but I believe it would have a place, because it was used by Jesus.


God wants to use all of us in the extension of His Kingdom. Jesus is the perfect example in every aspect. He remained in Jerusalem about His Father’s business at the age of twelve because that was the most important thing in His life. He probably understood that His parents wondered where He was but thought, “They will understand that I am about My Father’s business.” He would not have been a rebellious boy and after this, He returned to Nazareth and was subject to His parents until the time He went into the Ministry to preach. He went down to John to be baptized. He was working there in the carpenter’s shop most of the time and doing the things His father asked Him to do.


I think of you young people because we need each other. We need you and you need us, and we are glad there are those who are standing true, and their behaviour is such as it should be. We are glad to look around the quiet behaviour here and to see the way you are dressed, though some are following a little bit close to the world. Go along with it to a point but don’t be a leader in fashion. We follow the fashion a long way back. We remember that we are the sons and daughters of the King; princes and princesses, to be those who will glorify the Kingdom.


In thinking of the Kingdom, I think of the royal family in England where the queen has been a great lady and a wonderful example in most ways, but her children have left so much to be desired. They tarnish the image of the kingdom, so much so that we see, in this country, a strong movement to get away from the rule of the royal family. It would be a terrible thing if the children amongst us were no help to the Kingdom of Heaven.


God has called us to be kings and priests, and as He looks on us as His children, He expects us to behave in a manner that will bring honour to the King in every aspect of our lives. We have heard so much that would help us in these meetings, and if we could follow along these lines, the Kingdom of God on earth will be strong and no cause for anyone to want to get away or break the rule of the King. May this King rule in our hearts and lives in the way He wants to, and may we be those who would be subject to Him, to be approved.