Starting to Begin#3 “You, Youth and Missions.”

Starting to Begin#3 “You, Youth and Missions.”

If old age is called the ‘Golden years,’ then youth is aptly called the ‘Titanium years.

’Its hard to believe that during the years of the bubonic plague that many people didn’t live past thirty years old anyway. Youth was a luxury reserved for the offspring of the idle rich. Everyone else started work as soon as they were physically and mentally able.

Today, you and I are likely to celebrate our eightieth birthdays in relatively good health. Youth disappears with lightning speed, no matter what the social conditions.

King Solomon offers wisdom for the young: “Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things” (Eccl.11:9).

I pray that I will always default to the conviction that the last thing that young people need is old people telling them how God has judged them for all the things they did or didn’t do.

If a lifetime of walking in the Spirit has taught us anything, it is that God has great things in store for those who seek Him.

When youth have faith in Jesus, it is the GREATEST of all things. It has its unique struggles, but it is loaded with opportunity.

Youth is a time to dream for the Kingdom of Christ. It is a time to see where, and to whom, the gospel is to be taken. I couldn’t recommend more that young people ‘see the world.’

Every Christian young person must have stories to tell. What better stories than those of investing their endless energy and growing skill base in missionary trips to poor countries. I can imagine that parents and grandparents think me mad for saying so. They counter, “John, those places are dangerous and expensive.”

If you have a teenager who understands the dangers and sacrifice of taking Jesus to the lost, and it is still their burning desire to do so, you are much to be envied!

John Staiger

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