I don’t know about you, but teenage-hood was (and still is) a pretty confusing time in life. There are times when it’s amazing, confusing, or even just plain crazy, all at the same time! It’s a time when we are learning who we are and what we really believe in, on top of the busyness of this thing called life…which makes Jesus that much more needed in our lives. And, amongst all this craziness, it can be easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle.
Now, we teenagers are probably one of the hardest people groups to disciple. I know because I am one. Think about it. Most of us hate being told what to do and how to act, especially by adults. Also, with our peers pressuring us to be like the world, we can easily get tempted to just go along with the crowd, and not in a good way. Or maybe you’re surrounded by Christian friends, and the struggle for you is keeping it real – keeping it authentic and not getting swept away in the “religious” way of life without making it personal. Either way, our focus is easily pulled away from Christ, and that’s never a good thing.
So here you are, reading a blog written by teens, for teens. That tells me you want to grow in your relationship with Christ. But does that mean our blog team has life all figured out? Of course not! Don’t think for a second that the struggles I mentioned earlier only refer to those of you reading our posts. Oh no. These are struggles on both sides of the fence. What I’m saying is, the people behind the blog (myself included) deal with similar issues. We’re young people, just like most of you reading this. We struggle with doubts and peer pressure the same as everyone else. But that shouldn’t discourage us from doing our part in the Great Commission. Paul reminded Timothy of this same truth.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12 (ESV)
This is what makes Reckless Abandon Ministries so unique. Because we too are still growing in Christ; it gives us this incredible opportunity to grow with you guys, answering questions like, “How do I study the Bible?” or “How can this Scripture apply to my life?”. We’re all learning. Always learning.
Paul set the bar high. He didn’t tell Timothy to just enjoy his young life and come back when he was ready to take his Christian walk seriously. He expected Timothy to take it seriously in his youth. He expected Timothy to be the example right then, in his youth – in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. Paul left no stone unturned.
As we grow to become the next generation of believers, it is so important that we focus our thoughts on what is really important and continue to encourage one another. We, as believers, have been called to action: to reach and inspire those around us to desire an even better relationship with Jesus Christ. It is my desperate hope to see more and more teens and young adults taking up the call from Christ to encourage and disciple one another now. We may be young, but we still have a responsibility to each other. We still have the same call to love, serve, and share the good news. That’s exciting!
But how? How do we do that as young people? That’s why we’re here! Reckless Abandon Ministries wants to encourage you in your Christian walk. We want to see you take your relationship with Christ to the next level. More importantly, we want to challenge you to reach out to your own peers. We’re on this journey together; not to live for ourselves, but to live out the Gospel.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)