“Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” Joel 1:3
There is an all-out battle going on to capture the hearts and minds of the World’s Youth. The values and beliefs they are forming now are being cemented in their young minds and ultimately leading them either towards God or far away from Him. Unfortunately, now more than ever, young people are choosing a path that leads away from the faith because they don’t see God’s relevance to their lives. They’re searching for significance and purpose apart from God, but any path besides Jesus will eventually prove to be a dead end.
i believe The Church has been given the mission of reaching young people. God can save anyone at any age, but stats overwhelmingly show that if a person has not come to Christ before they graduate college, chances are, they never will! God’s plan for reaching the world has always focused on reaching the Next Generation. We must engage today’s Youth with Authenticity, Love and Truth. Through our words, our Prayers and our actions, they must see God’s love for them shining through us. They deserve nothing less! Below I’ve put some challenges and some Scriptures to help us get started…
Our Words will teach the Next Generation. (Let your words be consistent with your Actions)
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Our Example will inspire the Next Generation. (Sacrifice time and resources to reach them)
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Our Love will reach the Next Generation. (Don’t just tell them…Show them!)
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” Romans 12:9-11
We don’t need to be perfect to reach them, we just need to connect them to the One who is Perfect. We need to live out our own faith in a way that is genuine and honorable. Through our actions and our words, and our Prayers, we must show the Next Generation that God is not only relevant, He is the only path worth taking! Let’s resolve together to unite in prayer and in action to fight for the hearts and minds of the Next Generation. They’re worth fighting for!