Our students know that God loves them. But is that really enough?
As youth workers we have bent over backwards trying to help our kids know that God loves them. And you know what, I think we have succeeded. In fact we have succeeded so much that our students are content to simply exist and soak up the love and blessings from God. And then when God doesn't show up in the way they want, they throw temper tantrums like spoiled brats.
Maybe God is inviting our students into a maturing faith?
This week's study is on the book of Malachi. Malachi is a minor prophet so there isn't too much there as far as volume, so you can't get too lost in strange illustrations and names. Rather, he cuts to the quick and calls the people of God to step up, mature in their faith, and take on not just the rights and blessings of being part of the family of God, but the responsibilities as well.
Maybe God might grab a hold of the heart's of some of our students as well this week and give them a longing for the deeper and more valuable parts of maturing life in Christ.
I long for my students to know Jesus and to be molded and shaped by Jesus.
The only way this is going to happen is if they spend time alone with God. These devotionals are designed so students will ENCOUNTER God through His word. And then BE REFLECTIVE. To ask questions, wrestle with, and listen to the Holy Spirit as He leads them on the path of everlasting life. Then I want them to develop a faith that is outward focus, so they will have an opportunity to BE A BLESSING. And finally, our students will consider how to work out their faith with other people, so they can BE TOGETHER.
Most every Thursday I will be posting the devotionals I am using with my students. It is a good accountability for me to make sure they get done before youth group. And I hope that they are a blessing to you and to your ministry.
Please feel free to print them out, make copies, and put them in the hands of students. My desire is that my students, as well as your students, would come to know, love, and serve Jesus all the days of their life!
May God continue to bless you and your ministry as you strive to love and care for students! Have a great week of ministry, and love those kids right into the Kingdom of God!