What does one see when they see our youth?
The generation of this time…
Can we say that our view of our youth is a good one? Or better yet, how is our youth portrayed in society?
If the answer to that question is a “no” or the way society or the “world” views our youth is a disturbing picture that we do not care to mention, than maybe that’s the problem!
Our view on this generation is so poor that we have given up caring one way or another about them. The thought bothers me. Lately, I have been losing sleep about it. Where is the sting of repentance? There is no true burden in our hearts anymore for this youth. I believe there are a rare few who have it, but what about the rest of us? There are how many billions of people in this world? Over half of them are youth, and many of those youth, according to society, will be highschool dropouts, end up in prison, many young teenage girls will become pregnant, and many already come from broken homes. According to an article in “Christian Today” from the youth that go to church 2 out of 3 of those youth will leave the church after graduating highschool.
What is wrong with THAT picture?
We, as adults, talk about our youth as if there is no hope for them anymore. That pains me, because instead of praying and fasting for them and weeping for them we have become spectators in a game of “Battle Ship”. What we fail to understand is that they need an encounter with God just as much as we do. But I think we are more so looking for our own encounter with God that we have forgotten that there are others fighting the same spiritual battle that we are fighting.
I understand that we can grow tired of everyday life and we have our needs but the word of God says that we should not “grow weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9), which means if we do not lose heart!
Our youth may be heading into a dark and dangerous path if we do not take a stand NOW and snatch them back from the darkness and into the light.
I, myself, have to repent of this lack of burden for this young generation. There is purpose for them still. Instead of tearing them down with our words, passing judgement on them because they lack respect or fail to see the right, we need to lead them. All they need is a leader who will guide them, love them and care for them. They are being misled by the lusts of this world and they do not see because there are not many who are willing to take on that HUGE burden in their hearts that will COMPEL them to move, compel them to advocate, and compel them to act, that come hell or high water no one is going to stop them from snatching back this youth from the fire and into God’s Holy light.
The youth of this generation is crying out for someone to save them, they are constantly being cast down by the words of society and they no longer know what it feels like to be free of the image that has been put upon them. They can’t tell you what real love is anymore because we have failed to show them what real love is. They no longer know what innocence is because we have only showed them corruption. They run from one thing to another seeking love and gratification but because we haven’t shown them how to seek the truth.
We MUST come to a point in our lives where we have to envision this youth as a key that will lead the coming generations to Christ. They have the potential to do that, but we have to see it.
If we don’t reach them first than the things that we dread the most will. It’s a scary thought isn’t it?
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
If Jesus thought of them in such a beautiful light, and He saw them as a priceless jewel that He would die for them just as He died for us…than how much more, because of His joy should we think them precious enough to fight for their salvation, fight for their innocence, and fight for their SOULS!
They need us to not give up on them, they need us to stand up on their behalf, they need us to…..
PRAY FOR THEM….
they need us to…..
STAND IN THE GAP FOR THEM….
they need us to….
WEEP FOR THEM!!!
If there is no one to do it? If there is no one to lead them? How will THEY lead a generation? Unless we rise and take up the BURDEN, how will they hear the good news?
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of good news, who bring glad tidings of good things!'”
The burden I’m talking about is not the burden that most might think. It’s not a burden that becomes a drag for doing it, but it’s the burden in our heart that compels us to take action. Such a burden is not just a weight on our shoulders but a heaviness in our hearts so deep that we can no longer go on seeing our youth in the disparity they are in.
They cry, they hurt, some want out, and some try to find a way out by drugs, alcohol, sex, and even suicide.
WE ARE NOT LISTENING!!! WE ARE NOT SEEING!!! WE ARE NOT LEADING!!!
Leaders……rise up and lead!!! They need us…all of us!
If we don’t, than someone else will. The question is, who is that someone?
Imagine a youth taking a stand, following Christ and leading others to Christ in the same way with a burden that is placed on their hearts.
I can! And I will!