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Young-christians

In the bible we have examples of young people like Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego who did not compromise with their faith. They did not hesitate to offend the king by refusing to worship his gods. We also have Daniel who was faultless in his job and thrown in the lion’s den because he refused to worship the king. There’re also leaders such as Esther, Esdras, Nehemiah who brought a change in their generation. We have Timothy, Titus, Stephen, David, Samuel, Joshua etc who were leaders God used to impact their generation. Since there’re many things which can be said about them, I’ll skip the details and assume that you know the stories of all these young people. So I come straight to the point: “What about you?”.

I often ask young Christians, “How is it going with Christ”. I hear over and over the same answer – “Oh you know I’m not so much engaged for the time being”. If I ask a just married man this question: “How is the married life” and he replies “Oh you know I’m not so much engaged for the time being”. That would be a terrific answer. Is not it?

Some of you reading this might have many reasons for your mediocrity, passivity and lukewarmness regarding your engagement with Christ. Oh by the way, you might think that I’m trying point the finger. What I’m sharing are things I have been through. Work and studies really consume our time. But do you still find yourself close to God amidst all these occupations? Is He the central being in your life and thoughts?
Perhaps you will blame your parents for failing to give you a good example. It’s like reasoning like Adam and say “It’s because of this woman”.

You might blame your pastor for teaching false doctrines, for being hungry for money, hypocrite or whatever. Look these people have their responsibilities and will have to give an account to God for what they did.

Let’s not try to throw the blame. What about you? Do you know Jesus?

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Mat 16:13-15

Your parents can tell you Jesus is this or that. You have also the version from your pastor. But what about you? What if Jesus asked you “Who do you say that I am”?

You’ll tell Him, “Well Jesus, you’re the God of my parents” or “The pastor said you are this man who died on the cross for my sins and if I believe in you I’ll be saved from my sins. You know, the pastor told me to say a little prayer and I did it. He told me that I’m now saved and a Christian“.

You’ll say that to Jesus? I know I’m saved because the Spirit testifies to my heart that I’ m saved (Romans 8:16). I understand in whom I have believed and I have this deep conviction of my salvation through Christ.

We know that we have come to know God if we obey his commands.Suppose someone says, “I know him.” But suppose that person does not do what God commands. Then that person is a liar and is not telling the truth. But if anyone obeys God’s word, then God’s love is truly made complete in that person. Here is how we know we belong to him. Those who claim to belong to him must live just as Jesus did. ” 1 John 2:3

Are you ready to face opposition and ready to die for your faith? There’s a lot of probability that the Jesus you know is just a Jesus from your imagination. You know a fictitious Christ. You’ve probably not yet meet with the Jesus of the bible. If you know the Jesus of the bible, you should be different. He should be your master in everything you do. You can believe that Jesus died for your sins without living like someone who knows what it means to be a follower of Jesus. That’s why in the church we see people sitting for 20+ years on the bench and still baby Christians. Look at their life, they should be mature Christians and able to teach others but are still with milk(Heb 5:12). It’s a tragedy. Ask them what Jesus did for them. They might hesitate to give you a genuine testimony. Or if they really have a testimony, it’s dated 15 years ago. What has Jesus done for them yesterday, last month, last year? Nothing? There must be a problem. Now, the problem is with whom? Jesus, huh?

Jesus is the Good Shepherd and not a hired hand. If some sheep don’t follow Him, they are not His sheep. The sheep know the voice of the Shepherd. You can try blaming your pastor for being a bad leader but not so with Christ. Jesus is a perfect leader and you’ll never be able to blame Him for not leading you to the green pastures. I’m sorry, but you are either a sheep or a goat.

Look, Jesus NEVER promised prosperity, good health or a rosy life. He said in this world we’ll have trouble(but he overcame it). We are pilgrims down here. What Jesus promised us is a new life(2 Cor 5:17). I don’t know about you, but that’s the greatest thing for me. I’m no longer a slave to sin. In His will He’ll surely help us in our troubles. He said that He’ll always be with us till the end of days. Listen, if you hope that Jesus will give you whatever you want for your temporary life, you’re living in an illusion.

And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

Jesus went to prepare a place for us, it’s heaven the greatest thing. He cares for the sparrows and know what you need. If you ask something according to His will, He’ll give you. But don’t think that God is your servant. Don’t ever think that you’re rendering a service to God when you give money to the church. God don’t need your money, He wants your obedience to Him! To obey is better than sacrifice. Everything belong to God anyway.

Don’t ever think that you’re indispensable in the ministry. Don’t boast that you’ve this gift or that talent.

Read the whole of Matthew 7.

Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.

Don’t fool yourself. Don’t think that if you can cast out demons, speak in tongues, prophesy, teach, heal the sick etc that it means you’re right with God. No, it’s a deception. God can still let you use these gifts but reject you. You can be like Balaam. You can still be reigning like Saul but rejected by God. It is God who appoints and give gifts, so don’t boast. Out of stones God can create living creatures.

The road is narrow and difficult. Not everyone’s life is built on Christ the Solid Rock. Many think that their heart is a good soil but in reality it’s a heart of stone. If you’re not with Christ you’re against Him.

Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” Mat 12:30

If you claim to belong to Christ, there’re many things you should do and not do.
In John 15 we read that Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If you’re in Christ, you can no longer bear thorns. A good tree cannot bear bad fruits. A branch that bears no fruits is cut off and thrown into the fire says John 15. Harsh you may say.  If someone is in Christ, he can no longer be the same. There’s something called transformation or conversion. The person is dead to his former way of life and born again to live anew.

Christianity is not a joke. We have a great privilege but even greater responsibility. Who does not like to be called a prince or princess? This is not a joke, this is what we really are. We are God’s children and priests. We are God’s ambassadors. Oh great you would say!

But do you know the responsibilities of priests, princes, princess’, ambassadors and God’s children?

Look, if you really want to follow Jesus, you must be willing to take your yoke. You’ll have responsibilities and God will expect you to be productive. It’s not legalistic, it’s a joy to serve God. God will surely accompany and equip you. The rich young man could not accept leaving what he cherished most to follow Jesus. There’re many young people like that. You want to have a career, complete your studies and have a loving family. Jesus is not against that. But He might ask you to leave one of these things for something else.

You might say that you know the bible well. Listen, knowledge without practice is nothing. Beware! The more you know, the more severely judged you’ll be. What good is it to know that stealing is wrong but still steal. Even robbers are aware of that. Sinners know what is good and bad but still chose to do what is bad.

You have to resemble Christ and bear fruits. Break up any carnal relationships. If you’re not married and going out with this girl/boy and doing bad things in secret, break it up now. It cannot be God’s will for both of you to be together. Even if the person is a Christian, put a halt. Reconsider whether it is God’s will. You’re perhaps still immature and just looking for someone to love or to love you. There’s nothing worst to marry the wrong person. Can you see a prince courting a harlot, completely drunk and playing in a casino. Impossible, that would be a disgrace for the royal family.

You’re a soldier and your standard of living is holiness. You form part of an elite. You’re the salt and the light for this world.

A soldier does not take part in things that don’t have anything to do with the army. He wants to please his commanding officer. In the same way, anyone who takes part in a sport doesn’t receive the winner’s crown unless he plays by the rules. The farmer who works hard should be the first to receive a share of the crops.Think about what I’m saying. The Lord will help you understand what all of it means.” 2 Tim 2:4-7

Don’t lose your time with futile things of this world. Invest yourself for the Kingdom. Love people. Daniel prayed thrice a day, he was disciplined. If you wanna be a powerful servant of God, you gotta take a stand.

Stop reading the bible, study it! Take 3 months if need be to understand a book. You have a lifetime to read just 66 books anyway.

Dear children, I’m writing to you because your sins have been forgiven. They have been forgiven because of what Jesus has done. Fathers, I’m writing to you because you have known the One who is from the beginning. Young people, I’m writing to you because you have won the battle over the evil one. Dear children, I’m writing to you because you have known the Father. Fathers, I’m writing to you because you have known the One who is from the beginning. Young people, I’m writing to you because you are strong. God’s word lives in you. You have won the battle over the evil one.” 1 John 2:12-14

There’re so much things to say, I recall what Paul said to Timothy: “The Lord will help you understand what all of it means“.

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Posted February 25, 2012 by Cedric in Thought-provoking

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