We continued talking about being strong for the Lord in our youth at our meeting on October 22nd.
Many Americans seem to have the idea that that teenagers always rebel. They assume that the teen-age years will be ones of difficulty, rebellion, and trouble. This is a totally wrong perspective… our teenage years can be a very significant time for ministry and some of the best years of our life. God wants to use young people to do His work (Jeremiah 1:6-8), but most young people—even Christians—are too busy chasing after the things of the world. Let’s not waste this special opportunity to use these years to serve the King of kings!
Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to live for the Lord? Satan knows how valuable these years are and so he tries everything he can to distract us, trap us, and make us ineffective for the Lord. He wants to trap us now when we are young so that he can ruin the years of our youth—and the rest of our lives. We need to be aware of his traps and be on our guard against them.
Why do we want to be strong for the Lord and live our lives for Him? Why do we want to be bright lights in the darkness of the world around us? We were created for a relationship with God, but that was no longer possible when sin entered the world and separated us from Him. But God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die and take the punishment for our sin so that we could be made right with God again. Jesus conquered death and offers the free gift of eternal life to all who believe on His name.
If someone rescued you from destruction, wouldn’t you be grateful? We live for Him out of gratitude for what He’s done for us. We obey Him because we love Him. Do you love Him enough to live for Him even when its difficult? Yes, we are human and fail, but that just shows us how much we need Him! If our heart is to honor the Lord, He will help us and give us the strength we need to live and shine for Him.
God can and does use young people for His glory. The problem is that most young people don’t want God to use them. Will you choose to allow the Lord to use the years of your youth to do great things? As young ladies, we should make it our goal not just to simply avoid rebellion in our lives, but to be strong in the Lord, radiant and pure, magnifying our Savior and pointing others to Him.
For our activity time we did silent skits of young people from the Bible that the Lord used mightily. The other groups had to guess which Bible character was being portrayed.
Practical Assignment: Memorize 1 Timothy 4:12