"The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure."
I know that in today's world it is very tough to keep our eyes on Christ. Especially when we are constantly bombarded by the radio, magazines, newspapers, and television/movies telling us that believing in God is foolhardy. I've seen more than a few science fiction shows on television or movies that make Christians look like insane, or stupid radicals. The truth is, wisdom is important, yes, but not worldly wisdom. It if trusting in God and making him your foundation that will impact the world. It's when you not only meet someone halfway, but actually go an extra mile for them, whether that be helping them get groceries, giving someone a ride to a doctor's office, helping with feeding the homeless in our church on Mondays or if it is something as simple as sitting and listening without judging a person for their choices. It is when we place God as our foundation - we trust in him, just he has the best intentions in mind for us and that he really does love us and his instructions really are the best way for living life that we will make an impact in the world.
Our youth groups verse for this year is 1 Timothy 4:12 "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity." I know that as young people it is tough today to fight what the crowd is saying is right. Especially since the message they send seems to be more and more - if it feels right then do it. The problem with that philosophy is that it goes against what God tells us in the Bible. He never promised us that life would be easy, in fact, he tells us that we will be persecuted and ridiculed for our beliefs and choosing to love Him. The problem is, that following him means we must travel the narrow path, because that is the path that leads to righteousness and eternal life. The world travels a broad path and it leads to destruction. I am not saying that everything and everyone in the world are evil - but they are not the wisdom we as believers should be following.
As we continue to grow in Christ as a youth group, my prayer is that God would plant his word deep within your hearts and help you as you struggle to live a life holy for him in the world today. Know teens, that I am praying for you as are people in our church. We aren't just praying for youth group growth, we are also praying that God moves in your lives in a might way and that you may all rest secure in the knowledge that He loves you and longs to be Lord of your life.
Love in Christ,