Defying Low Expectations
1 Timothy 4:12

"Let's be honest, you can't expect teens to really have a walk with God."

"Teens don't really read the Bible."

"You can't expect much from teens."

Would you believe I've heard all of these observations in the last year? In fact, many Christian leaders think this way about young people.

That's probably why they tiptoe around the tough issues when they talk to you.

It's why the church has dumbed down its outreach to teens so "teens like it."

It's why Christian young people are rarely taken seriously.

What's funny is that the Bible takes a radically different approach. Did you know that most of the key players in God's grand story of grace and redemption were teens?

Think about it. David was 16 when anointed king. Joseph was in his teens and making his way thru Egypt. Mary was a teenage mother. Joash and Josiah were teen kings. Daniel was a teen when he made a bold stand for God in Babylon. Esther was young when she won the king's heart, became queen, and saved her people. Jeremiah was a teenage prophet.

Can I tell you something? God wants to use you just like he used these "spiritual giants." But you have to make a decision. You have to draw a line in the sand. You have to ignore the voices that are telling you to put off your commitment to Jesus Christ.

Think:

  • How can you, as a teen, impact your school, your family, your neighborhood for Christ?
  • How have you been tempted to put off your relationship with Jesus Christ?
  • Where you can "draw a line in the sand" and stand up for Christ?

Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and public speaker. His latest book is Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, follow on him on Twitter at twitter.com/dandarling, or check out his website: danieldarling.com