Young People Rock!

Young people rock!

This past weekend Winter Jam was held in Des Moines. Yes there were older people there, but it was predominantly a student focused worship and evangelism event. It was an amazing declaration of God’s love. Young people were singing their hearts out for Jesus. Many had brought friends. Many of those friends did not know Jesus.

 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

– 1 Timothy 4:12

It got me thinking… Do young people know that they are a powerful witness for Jesus?  Do they know how they affect, encourage, and challenge everyone in the body of Christ?   I know that much of the leadership in our church is over 25.  Some of that is intentional. We intentionally raise up older leaders so that untested individuals aren’t given the burden of leadership before they are ready.  Yet when our young people lead through volunteering to serve or volunteering to be a part of worship, they affect the lives of other Christians in profound ways. 

Their service and leadership calls to us. It calls us to be witnesses. Their service calls us to remember our passion and love others for the Kingdom with our lives. When younger Christians don’t need to be “in charge,” or “in leadership,” or even “drafted by the pastor” in order to live out their faith in their community; it inspires all of us to ask, “What am I waiting for?!”

If you are a young person, don’t chafe because your community of faith wants to protect you from the heavy burdens that come with leading. Instead, keep showing them your passion, humility, and willingness to shine for Jesus. When you love and shine with joy, you keep proving to yourself and to your family of faith that your desire to follow Jesus is not a passing thing, but it is a permanent part of your life. You are doing the very thing that your church will need you to do so that we can reach the world for Christ.

If you are an older person, open up ways that your young people can serve and share the love of Jesus. You might encourage them to help in VBS. You might invite them to read scripture, give their testimony, and help lead the singing time of your worship service. You might ask them if they would like to work in a new ministry together with YOU! The point is, encourage them to exercise their faith and rejoice when they respond.

Don’t let anyone think less of you just because you are young.  Don’t let anyone think less of the young just because they are young.  We are on this journey for Jesus together.  So, let’s walk together!

Something to think about,

Pastor John

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