The term coming of age describes a period when someone has transitioned from children to adulthood or put it loosely, has reached a place of maturity. Every culture has its way of determining what coming of age is. It could be age, status, character; etc which deems one fit enough to take up extra roles and responsibilities.
Coming of age comes with enlightenment that is wisdom or understanding. As believers, it is said that Christ has brought us from darkness into his marvellous light. To become of age in essence means to be enlightened.
As a believer to come of age means we need to go through the rites of passage as a believer, we must first separate ourselves from our old lifestyles. It is then that will be initiated or transformed then we return to impact and affect society.
Apostle Paul knew this when he was addressing Timothy who was a youth not to let anyone look down on his youthfulness. Timothy by age was fit to be classified as a youth that is immature, inexperienced, ignorant, and not enlightened but rather remember that he had an unfeigned faith and other gifts God had bestowed upon him to stir him up.
Timothy was being urged to be an example to the believers because some of them were beginning to waver in their faith irrespective of his youthfulness.
As young people who have come to the age of maturity, we should be able to exhibit Godly wisdom in all that we do.
As someone who has come of age, we must give attendance to the reading of scripture and adding to our knowledge daily. We cannot remain mature if we detach ourselves from the word of God. Also, we need to transfer what we have received to others through preaching. As young people, we should be able to use various channels of communication including social media to reach out to people with the word of God.
We are also being called not to neglect the gift that is in us which was given to us by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
As young people who have come to the age of maturity, we are being admonished to be diligent in these matters and absorbed in them, so that our progress will be evident to all. The text also urges young people who have come to maturity to pay close attention to our life and to the teachings in order to persevere for by so doing we will save both ourselves and those who hear us
We must not let the excitement of youth cause us to forget our Creator; rather we must honour him in our youth before we grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore (Ecclesiastics 12 :1).
Hebrews 6:4–6 states, “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance.” Anytime we have that desire to, having tasted the goodness of the Lord, to go back, remember this text in order to maintain our enlightenment and stay mature to impact others.