Youth is a frustrating time in life. It is that period when one is hardly old enough to be on his own, and yet is feeling a sense of independence. Youth ever are attempting to find some sense of identity; that is why they sometimes act and dress so weird. They are bizarre!
But then, so were we.
The Scriptures represent youth as a time both of danger and challenge. Moses said that “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Gen. 8:21), and Paul admonished Timothy to “flee youthful lusts” (2 Tim. 2:22).
By way of contrast, though, the Creator also recognizes the value of youth to the divine cause. Youngsters have energy, they are daring, their hearts are filled with visions of the future. Indeed, they can be a most valuable component in the service of Jehovah.
The teenage years can be difficult and lonely as most teens struggle to fit in and take on new responsibilities. Media and peers both constantly bombard youth with the message that they are never good enough and will never measure up. No wonder most teens end up hopeless and lonely! Teens can use as much encouragement and love as we can give them! Use these bible verses for teens to offer words of comfort and hope to our youth.
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Timothy 4:12
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
GOALS AND GUIDELINES
ICE BREAKER: If there was one thing in your life you could change what would it be?
SCRIPTURES: James 4:14
Recently, someone asked this question in the prayer room, “What if you knew the Lord was returning today, making this your last day on Earth.” The question forces us to stop and examine ourselves and our priorities. Maybe this morning you woke up and the most pressing thing on your agenda was what to wear to school or possibly a test or exam your studying for. When we think in terms of eternity though, the things that seemed to be so important to us drop down significantly on our priority list. Suddenly, the things that we have put off, such as prayer, Bible reading, witnessing, Bible Studies, and our unsaved loved ones jump to the top of the list.
So let me pose the question again to you, “What if you knew the Lord was returning tonight, and this would be your last day on Earth.”
1. What is most important to you? Be Honest!
2. How would you change your daily activities if you knew you only had a day left on the Earth?
3. Would it be a drastic change? Why?
4. How urgent is it for you to reach your lost friends and loved ones? What will you do this week to reach out to them?
5. What would change in you personal relationship with the Lord?