God wants to turn this age to the age of the kingdom. This is His treasure. He wants the kingdom to be manifested on this earth. He wants a dispensational transfer to take place. But for this there must be a dispensational instrument. The dispensational instrument consists of some of God’s people, who are living in a particular age and who are used by Him to end that age and bring in another age.
The characteristic of the dispensational instrument is that the Lord mainly uses young people. We thank the Lord for the elderly Nicodemus. We thank the Lord for Joseph of Arimathea, a noble man who buried the Lord in his tomb. However, Peter, James, John, and the other disciples were young. Those who are not young should not be discouraged. Let us forget ourselves and care for the Lord’s burden to have ayoung, age-turning generation. God needs this. He needs young people who see through the age, who are not stupified, drunken, or drugged by the age. In them there is a feeling about the age in which they lived. They are not like Demas, about whom Paul said, “For Demas has abandoned me, having loved the present age” (2 Tim. 4:10). The Greek word for present age is nun-aiona, meaning the now-age. Demas was a co-worker, but under difficulties he left because he loved the present age. He would not suffer or lose his soul, and he would not stay with Paul when Paul was imprisoned. God has a need for young people who will be one with Him and with His ministry to change the age.
Now, who are we in this age? Are we the “present-age lover” or the “age-turner?” If we love this present age like Demas did, surely God has nothing to do with us. We need to remember that God needs us. He cannot turn this age to the age of the kingdom by Himself alone. He needs our cooperation. He needs me and you. Moreover, we need to be impressed that He gained us for this certain purpose — to be part of this age-turning generation. By God’s grace and mercy we may be able to declare, “We are the age-turners!”
Now, who are you?