Hello, John and Doves,
The time is extremely short.
Use all the spiritual shortcuts you know to be ready.
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
"And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."
Keep looking up!
Oh yeah, don't feel bad being young, thinking your rewards will be few.
Be sure to read the following:
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3“About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5So they went.
“He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9“The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13“But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Take heart! Jesus knows you love Him, and would do anything for Him!
As it is, what you've done deserves a denarius.
I said prophetically to a Bible study group in 1985, that the LORD is constrained to grow each one of us to be like His Son.
You've heard of Romans 8:28, but have you ever stopped to read Romans 8:29?
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."
It is written,
"25For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.b 27He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault."
Again, I say, take heart! Your growth in Christ is administered wholly and completely by God.
It is written,
"Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault."
Here it is, y'all. You are in a relay race, formed of generations of believers. The finish line is just within sight. You are running the last leg, commonly called the anchor leg. You are Carl Lewis, Evelyn Ashford, Phil Brown, or Pam Marshall!
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
The time is short, but you have enough time to do what you need to do.
"You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed."
Baruch HaShem Yeshua Ha Mashiach,