For a couple of months now, I have been marinating a vision in my mind and in my spirit. As a young Christian who once strayed from the faith, I have a special interest in encouraging the youth in their walk with the Lord. My vision is that young Christians hold fast to their life in Christ, that they make the word their anchor and not fall victim to the many distractions that flood their lives on a daily basis. What I’m writing to you now is a step towards fulfilling that vision. I’m going to share some thoughts that I pray will be of help to those who need it. Depending on the level that you’re at in your walk, some things may be new to you or maybe you will have a deeper understanding of something you’ve heard before but didn’t quite grasp at the time.
*Please note that while I’m addressing a physically younger group, the words “youth” and “young” also refer to those who are at the beginning stages of their walk with God.
Before I go into sharing, I want to give you a little background about myself so that what I’m telling you can be put into the proper perspective. Like many young Christians, I was raised in church as a small child. I received Christ as my Lord and Savior, but didn’t have a true understanding of what that really meant. The main thing I knew without a doubt is that I had received eternal life and that that God would always be faithful towards me. As I got older, I found it more difficult to stay grounded in the things that I believed in. Why? Because there was very little growth. This led to me think, say, and do things that were very inconsistent with what God’s word said concerning me. At one point I didn’t even know who I was anymore because my life started spiraling out of control.
Can you imagine what your life would be like if you were born and remained a baby for many years afterwards? That’s exactly what it’s like when you don’t grow spiritually. This happens to so many people because they fail to realize one simple truth: “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Many have not come into the full understanding of what their new life (in their spirit) is all about, therefore they can’t grow in it. Some think they just adopted a religion, but that’s not what the word says!Christianity is not a religion (though many treat and think of it as such). Christianity is divinity revealed in humanity. The life of God in a human being. A completely new life exists (hence the term born again) and growth is necessary to function in this new life effectively.
How do you grow you ask? By the word of God. 1 Peter 2:2 says “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”. That means that you must crave the word like you crave nourishment for your physical body. Food builds your body, but the word builds your spirit. Jesus even said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
The problem for many young Christians is that they fail to have faith in what they hear (see Hebrews 11:1 for an accurate definition of faith). Hebrews 4:2 explains exactly why someone can read the bible or hear a teaching and nothing about that person will change…“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”. This is a SERIOUS problem because the implication of not having faith in the word of God is not having faith in God or Jesus. John 1:14 says “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth).
Did you catch that? The word is described as a person! That person is Jesus (the only begotten of the Father). So when you trust in the word, you trust Jesus and since Jesus came directly from God Himself, it also means that you trust God and are able to enjoy the life He has given you. That why Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but through by me.” Too many people try to separate God from His word and that is how they can live a life that is inconsistent with what the bible says and claim to believe in God.
Now I’m not saying this to place judgement on anyone. I have personally experienced a period when my life when the way I lived was not consistent with what I claimed to believe. Not to say that I’m perfect; even now, I’m still being perfected in Christ. The difference now is that I’m allowing myself to be changed by the word. One scripture that is very dear to my heart and has been key to my growth in the past year is Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”.
The main word to notice is renew. It means to rebuild, restore, or revive. This is the process we must go through in order to live an effective life in Christ. As we renew our minds with God’s word, our wisdom and knowledge increases. Every aspect of our lives is improved because our thoughts, words, and actions are in line with God, who knows all things. Therefore you can never be in a place of disadvantage! 🙂
While it’s not easy to make that commitment to let go of your old self, it is very simple. Just start by doing the word. Take it one day at a time. Begin with small steps and before you know it you it you will be in a place you’d never thought you would be. It all starts with the word. Remember, it’s the food for you spirit and spiritual starvation is never good.
There are many more points that I’d like to cover but I’ll give you some time to digest what I’ve shared. Until next time beautiful people!!
Faith, hope, and love