You can measure the health of a Church by how they emphasize their youth. Even if there is only one or two in the Church.
The Church should promote their spiritual growth as well as mentoring them in areas of morality, ethical issues, and social
matters. Jesus greatly emphasized the youth in His ministry, declaring them as children of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Given such a title, we should take note and strive to pass down to them those attributes that come from living a Godly lifestyle
before them. There is a problem here that is difficult to explain to a young person, the concept of “do as I say
and not as I do!” This is confusing and difficult for a young person of any age, in that they are learning how
to live their lives by watching the lives of others. Teaching children in Church is hard, for they sometimes must discern
between what the Bible says and the lifestyle their family lives. Sometimes the difference is monumental and it places
the children in extreme personal conflict.
To hold true to Biblical principles, we feel we must share the message of God’s love with the youth. One of our
greatest joys as a parent or teacher is when you think they are not listening and they affirm the lesson by correcting you.
While they seem not to listen, they hear in so many ways. But the real problem is that they have more influence from
the secular world (tv, friends, movies, etc.) then you can give them. A Bible Study teacher may have them less than
a couple of hours at the most. What about the rest of the week? What about the influence of the other 166 hours
in a week in the secular world? In a “good family” the parents reinforce God. However, many of the
families have little Godly input, so the children are left in an inconsistency. This same family may have excellent
moral and ethical foundations, but they lack the spiritual teachings.
Paul wrote to a young man called
Timothy, encouraging him in his spiritual walk. “Let no one despise your youth,
but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give
attention, to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to
you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to
them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them,
for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”
I Timothy 4:12-16 We, like Paul, should encourage our youth in all these ways, striving to point them to a Godly lifestyle.
We should teach them how living in a secular world is a battle that may best be fought by the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
When they realize Christ, they are able to find within themselves the path that so many fail to trod. In our life, we
find no better way than that in Christ; the sooner we learn that, the better our lives.
We must teach
them, to the best of our abilities, the way of Christ. We must open the door, whenever possible, for them to practice
the ways of God in their lives. In reality, all chances to reach all our youth are not possible—with the ways
of the world pulling at them. But as Paul put it: “I have become all things to
all men, that I might by all means save some.” I Corinthians 9:22b So, we must work diligently to reach
out to the youth, praying that we place a seed of faith within them. For those who will grasp the “Truth”,
we offer a life that is filled with our striving to walk closer to Christ. The Christian life may not be a “bed
of roses”, as many think it, but it is a joyous journey that reveals more of ourselves and the purpose God has for us.
If we realize this precious life in Christ early, we may find this life filled with the wonderment of following God’s
road. This should always be our goal, to show the youth this wonderful road early, so they may find the fullness of
It is important we embrace the programs in our Church that bring about this journey. With the support of the whole Church,
we are able to have Bible Studies, VBS, and numerous youth programs that support the idea of youth learning about God.
We may not be able to reach every child in the community, but with those that we do have opportunity to touch, we can share
the Good News. If we but “save some” we are blessed above all
peoples and can know that we are doing the “will/purpose” of God. The greatest of all gifts is that we are
able to share this message with everyone, especially those the youth. For there can be no greater joy than leading others
to Christ. To actually know that that person will spend eternity with you, should bring joy beyond mortal comprehension.
The greatest concept about reaching the youth is that they have their lifetime to reach others for Christ. Our Churches
should always be a part of the “Youth Movement” and assist in any way any and all young people. When you
are asked to pray for our youth, take into consideration the impact your “intercessory prayer” might make.
Sometimes we get complacent in our efforts, prayers, and motivations, but we should always remember the value of one person
(especially young person) living their life for Christ because you stood in the gap. Because you were there when your
Church called for help in so many ways. We should stand solidly upon sound doctrine in our teaching and learn to share
it with others. Believe it or not, this is why you were born—to share the message of Jesus Christ. Since
Jesus emphasized the youth, should not we do even more? Yes, we should!