Hey you. Yes, you. This article is aimed specifically at you, the teenager. We have been talking a whole bunch about the church and why it is there and what people should do in it and why they should attend. But what about you as a teenager? That’s what I want to focus on.
Church can seem boring at times. I know this. It can be tempting to switch from your Bible app to replying to that text quickly, or seeing what your friend said on Facebook. It can be tempting to stay at home when given the opportunity. Church can almost seem like a painful experience. It is there for the older people; the ones who have children and need a Sunday babysitter. Right?
Maybe not. The thing is that you are the church. You are not becoming the church, you are not being raised to take over from the older people one day in the far future and then be the church then. You are already the church now. The church is made up of believers, and so if you believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth as a man and died on the cross in your place, you are the church. Congratulations!
So, what does that mean?
- You should be present in the church
You should attend church. It is a good thing to do. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25 that it is a bad idea to give up meeting with other believers and so you should be attending church. You should be paying attention during the service and you should be spending time with the other believers there. This doesn’t just mean youth group, because as you are part of the church that means you are included in the body of Christ and you should be with believers of all ages and stages.
- You should be active in the church
We are all called to serve, and specifically within the body of Christ. God has given you a specific spiritual gift that he wants you to use to benefit the church body. As a believer, you are a fundamental part of a healthy growing body. So, you should be helping and serving. You are also young, so there are many ways that you can help in that other people cannot anymore. Use those. I promise you, it will be appreciated.
- You should lead within the church
I do not mean that you should be the pastor, or even the leader of a small group at youth group. But you should find someone who is a younger believer than you are, and you should help them and grow with them. But more importantly, a good leader is a good follower and a good servant (remember that even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve). Your actions speak louder than your words. Lead by example. Be someone who resists the urge to behave as teenagers behave and do your best to live as Christ lived.
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12 NLT)