Being obedient to the commands of God in scripture can be very difficult, especially for teenagers in today’s culture. Teenagers (like every human being to ever exist) desire community, and to surround themselves with people that will truly love them. This type of relationship is why we all exist – to have that relationship with God and with God’s people. But this desire to have great relationships with people is made complicated when our teenagers (who are determined to be obedient to God’s Word) realize that not everyone wants to follow Christ. In fact, the vast majority of people have no desire to be a Christian at all, and want nothing to do with those who follow Him in all aspects of their lives. Because of this sad reality of a fallen and sinful world, teenage Christians are alienated, rejected, mocked, and belittled by classmates and students because of their commitment to Christ.
As we all know, this unfortunately doesn’t stop when we become adults. The pattern doesn’t change because the hearts of sinful people don’t change, and Christian men and women struggle to remain obedient in all aspects of live while the culture around them moves quickly in the opposite direction.
Obedience to God is always the right thing to do; but it rarely is the easy thing to do.
This is why true men and women of God are people of courage and integrity; unwilling to bend to the world’s standards around them while maintaining a constant devotion to Jesus Christ. This is the type of commitment and obedience that we want to instill in our students at FUEL Youth. We want our young men to grow up to be “Paul’s” and “Stephens”, and we want our young women to grow up being “Ruths” and “Esthers”.
Please pray for our students tonight as we discuss this topic, and please continue to encourage your student(s) to follow Christ obediently in all aspects of their life. The best way to show them this is to be that Godly and obedient example in their lives as parents. I encourage every parent who reads this to take it upon themselves to be the example of Christ-like obedience in your student’s life. I’ll be in prayer for you all as we seek to raise up this students in that example, and please pray for me as well as I seek to do the same on my end. God Bless.
Youth Pastor – FBC Elberton