Greg Stier: Three Things Every Christian Teen Needs

It all boils down to this … Every Christian teen needs a King, a cause and a crew!

Teenagers need a King!

But they don’t just need any King. They need the King who knows them best … King Jesus! He was the One who was beaten, crucified and resurrected to rule and reign from his heaven and in the believer’s heart!Because, if it’s not him ruling and reigning, it will be something or someone else. The Old and New Testaments call these King Jesus substitutes “idols.”

There’s a reason the first of The 10 Commandments is “You shall have no other gods before me.” God knew that his creation, tainted by sin, would constantly seek to elevate lesser things to the highest place.

Tim Keller nicknames the human heart “an idol factory.” He tells us that a typical person takes “good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turns them into ultimate things. Our hearts deify them as the center of our lives, because, we think, they can give us significance and security, safety and fulfillment, if we attain them.”

For teenagers these idols could be their social media status, the sports they are playing, how they’re perceived by others, porn or a million other micro-kings.

But only one King is qualified to sit on the throne of their hearts. He earned the right to rule and reign when he, obedient to the Father, died to purchase their souls with his own blood on the cross. Now, the resurrected King Jesus carries his scepter to the door of their hearts and expects to be let in and take his rightful place.

Jesus put it this way in Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” In other words, his Kingship is not a harsh one, but an intimate rule in the hearts of the believer.

Along with this Almighty King come his mighty proclamations. We call these “The Holy Scriptures” or “The Bible.” He extends his reign in our hearts through Spirit-fueled obedience to his Word.

Our teenagers are always bowing their knees to someone or something. That someone should be the King of kings and that something should be his Word. Anything less will pulverize their lives and paralyze their souls.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Greg Stier