As we continue our look at the “youth today” – some warning to the youth. Things they need to be cautious about…
1> Don’t give up on the “Church.” First, it has been founded and established by Jesus, whom we love and serve. Secondly, He is returning one day for His Church and so we need to be a part of a local church. Thirdly, according to 1 Corinthians 12 every believer needs to be a member of the Body – a local church – connected to others in the local church relationally in such a way that you are engaged with the life of the body. And, never forget, Jesus is able to bring change to His Church through you, the young people.
So, find a church that believes the Bible and teaching the Scriptures and become a member. You can be God’s instrument to bring change to His Church – changing it from the inside out. You can be leaven in then loaf. So, become involved and embrace the life of the local church and do your part to bring the needed changes. And, don’t give up when disappointed or hurt. Deal with the issues and grow.
If there is not a Bible-believing church in your area. Great! Start one.
2> Guard your heart against the spirit of tradition and the spirit of religion. Both can defeat any semblance of life and vitality in a local church regardless of the size of the assembly. And, can defeat life in the walk of the believer. God is clearly cleaning house – His house, the Church – and shaking everything that is wrongly connected to religion and tradition. Listen to the author of Hebrews as he writes,
“So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn’t get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings? His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time— he’s told us this quite plainly—he’ll also rock the heavens: “One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern.” The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered.” (Hebrews 12:25-27 The Message Version)
3> Don’t like the world influence you and squeeze you into its mould. Romans 12:1-2 states, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
And, may I add, don’t let the Church squeeze you into its image either. Be yourself because God created you to be unique. This leads me right into the next, and last, point.
4> Be the best you that you can be. This means you need to discover who you are “in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). As you begin the journey to discover who you really are “in Christ” there are some things to remember:
A> Remove the baggage you are carrying – the hurt, the unforgiveness, the bitterness, even any resentment.
B> Remove all cultural, generational, and religious baggage that you are carrying. Ask God to show you what needs to be removed and how to become free of all that hinders you as you take a good and honest look at who you are, how you got to this point, and what might be hindering you from moving forward, seeing the things that are anchoring you to your past in some way.
C> Journey with Jesus deep inside and face who you are at this point. He will pour out His grace and bring healing, release, and freedom.
D> Discover the “real you” and who you are “in Christ” and learn to express “the real and new you” regardless of what people think or say. This can be a fight because others want you to be a certain way and live according to their standards.
Discover the real you, express the real you, be the real you regardless.
Next time – youth and relating to your mentor