Do you remember this scene from It’s a Wonderful Life? I think of that often…especially at the age of 60…when I realize I have a lot fewer years left than I have lived.
I also realize I WOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT WANT TO BE A YOUNG PERSON LIVING IN TODAY’S WORLD! I mean…I have enough temptation as a 60-year old man without the seemingly unlimited exposure and seemingly uninhibited morals of our culture. I have a grandson whom I have prayed for every day since I found out Janna was pregnant. I pray for his heart to belong to the Father at all times.
We also hear the statement “The young people of today are the church of tomorrow.” I beg to differ. They are also the church of today. Study anything about the Millennials (born after 1980) and they are a unique bunch. But they are also presented unique opportunities/challenges I never had. Same temptations mind you, but more blatant.
Ryan, our youth pastor, and I will be team preaching the message Sunday. The message will focusing on being youth of values. I’ll be opening it with an emphasis on I Timothy 4: 6-16. Ryan will be following it up by talking about his ideas and plans for growing the young people in their faith. My part is simple:
#1: Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. [v.7a] Filters need to be on HIGH these days.
#2: Discipline yourself for godliness. [v.7b] Discipline in the Greek is “to train.” Pursue spiritual growth.
#3: Model a Godly Lifestyle. [vv.12-14] This is tough for all ages, but especially young people. They don’t want to be left out or stick out.
#4: Pay close attention to yourself and your ministry. [vv.15-16] The words used in these verses speak of vigilance.
Any to add? Feel free to make any suggestions. There is still time for me to add/change!