In life’s grand equation, teenagers and God are connected in profound ways. That’s because the most fundamental question young people in your community will ever wrestle with is “Why am I here?”
Unlike previous generations, teens today aren’t looking for the meaning of life. Instead, they’re searching for meaning in life, a purpose for living, something that makes life worthwhile. The fact is, they’re seeking the very thing for which God made them. That’s why it’s important that you consistently teach teens about their purpose in life.
The Bible teaches that God made everyone—even teenagers—with a purpose. For example, Colossians says, “For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible…everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him” (Colossians 1:16, MSG).
When it comes to teenagers and God, consider these questions: Do you think you’d see a difference in the life of your teenagers if they felt truly and wholly accepted by God? What if kids understood—deeply—that they belong to the family of God? Or that the hand of God is guiding them—deliberately—throughout life?
How do you think your teens would react if they discovered that God created them for a specific mission in life, and that he’s ready for them to start on that mission right now, regardless of their age?
Frankly, all this has always been true in terms of teenagers and God. But I think we often lose focus of this as we face the day-to-day challenges of ministering to teens in the 21st century. Yet, the Bible teaches that teenagers and God are lovingly linked because he had five purposes in mind when he made each of us. Discovering and living out these purposes is the single most important thing any of us can ever do, and as pastors, teaching these five purposes to teens is foundational to truly training them in the ways of the Lord.
Teenagers and God are linked because he created them to fulfill these five purposes:
1. God planned every teenager for His pleasure.
Can you imagine how different teenagers would be if they really, truly believed they’re made for God’s own joy? It’s such an important truth to tell teens that the first purpose for living is this: God planned you for his pleasure.
Revelation 4:11 says, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased” (NLT).
Yet most teenagers struggle with love and acceptance. We need to build into their lives the precious knowledge that God created them as an object of his love. And our kids need to know that nothing—absolutely nothing—can stop God from loving them. He loves and accepts teenagers, regardless of piercings and tattoos, exactly as they are.
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SOURCE: Church Leaders