It’s been said numerous times by many that “we won’t know who we are until we understand Whose we are.” Foundational to each one of us is a sense of purpose and identity.
Teens in Prayer
The teen years are fraught with discouragement, insecurities, questions and doubt. Unfortunately, many go looking for their answers in all the wrong places. Instead of “tasting and seeing that the Lord is good,” they often find themselves looking to the world for answers or remedies to brokenness. I can assure you it will lead you down a path of ruin, sorrow and emptiness.
God of the universe
Our Creator, the God of the universe, made you in His image. He knows you better than you know yourself. You were created by God for a purpose; You were created by God to accomplish great things; You were created by God to glorify Himself.
The question, what would Jesus do? cuts to the heart of true Christianity, challenging each one of us to reassess our own level of commitment and decision to radically pursue obedience to Christ’s commands or settle for a mediocre faith experience. But here’s the thing, it’s mediocrity that is not sitting well with the young people of this generation. Going through the motions of church without experiencing God in a deeper and authentic way, as well as witnessing hypocrisy at every corner, sends a message that it’s not worth fighting for.
What did Jesus think about mediocre Christianity? We need only look at Revelation 3 to find the answer. John while being banished to the island of Patmos received a vision from God about the end times. It offered warnings to 7 churches at that time. One of the churches was Laodicea. To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
This is as relevant today as when it was written. Simply put, lukewarm, mediocre, easy Christianity makes Jesus sick–provokes him to vomit. So what does Jesus want? He is looking for passionate, obedient, fully committed followers willing to do whatever it takes to run the race with endurance and win the prize. Until next time this is CM with TUTP.