There have been times where you’ve written them off. “They’re teenagers. What’d you expect them to do?”
And there have been times when they’ve written themselves off, “I’m just a teenager. What I can really do?”
But we hope for them.
We hope that these teens will figure out this thing called life (because we’ve got it figured out, right?).
We hope that we can awaken a faith deep within them that will sustain them in the toughest of times and circumstances.
But I kind of hope a lot of things.
I hope that I never meet “that fish” in the Amazon. (Y’all know what I’m talking about…)
I hope that one day my jaw doesn’t get stuck and fall out into my hands when I try to move it.
That kind of hope is kind of like junk food: it just doesn’t do a lot of good, because it doesn’t have any substance to it.
We might as well face it: they are hopeless (and so are we) if we don’t connect them to the Source of hope.
Somehow we have to connect these kids to the power of the Word of God and to its Author.
Imagine hearing of God’s power for the first time.
This is hard for most of us who grew up in the church to do…that is until I use my neuralizer!!!
That’s right. I just went all Men in Black on ya. Winning.
Imagine hearing stories like when God parted the Red Sea.
Whoa?!! You mean to tell me that God did WHAT?
Or how about the story of Noah?
Seriously? God put all of the animals on this giant boat, floated them for 40 days and landed them on a mountain? Wow, you can’t be serious…
But best of all, there’s the story of Jesus.
You mean God loved so much that He gave His Son for me? Jesus went to the cross to save a jerk like me? He wants a relationship with me? He loves me? He wants to forgive me? He wants me to go to heaven?
I think my neuralizer’s busted, because that one just still doesn’t sink in.
The truth is, I think sometimes we take God’s power for granted. We hear story after story from His Word, and hear time after time how powerful that He is, yet we forget who we’re dealing with!
We take verses like “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and connect it to our performances on the football field instead of connecting it to Christ’s power to conquer our every day struggles.
My girlfriend broke up with me.
I feel alone.
My parents are getting a divorce.
I’ve been thinking about killing myself.
The Bible is God’s résumé. We cannot forget that!
It’s the paperwork to show us that He’s qualified for the job. It’s His accomplishments. His experience. A list of reasons why He qualifies.
He wants to be your God. His Son wants to be your Savior.
May we NEVER take it for granted. May our ears never tire of hearing Him. May our hearts never become calloused to His power. May our lives never become dull to His touch.
He is who He says He is. He does what He says He does.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
Philip Jenkins is the Youth Minister at the Mt. Juliet church of Christ in Mt. Juliet, TN. He is married to Laura and they are expecting their first child. Philip is an amazing friend, minister and encourager and I know you have been blessed by his words.