The young adults of today are in some ways facing a much greater challenge than of the days of old. Today’s world is complex and ever-changing. Since the 1960’s we have been facing a moral revolution, a civil rights movement, environmental issues and advancement in technology that this world has never seen before. In such a rapidly changing, growing world it is no wonder that the young adults of today lose their way. When teens enter young adulthood, their thinking capacities, relationship skills, and ability to regulate emotions are unlikely to be at a developmental level where they can cope easily with all the demands of a diverse, global, technological, rapidly changing world. The parents of this generation are not equipped with the knowledge of the changing world; We as parents were essentially learning along with our children all the diversities in this modern age. There are so many aspects to consider when a young adult is thinking about their life. Things such as gender and sex influences, competency and coping, relationships and communicating, self-perception and how you fit in this world, social and environmental influences, money and establishing your life and your spiritual views…..Does God exist? It is a time of discovery and growing and settling into a life which you are building for yourself. It is a time when you will make hard choices that will affect your life. Will I continue with my education? If so where will I get the money? What would I study in school? Where will I work? Do I want to get married? Do I want to have children? Where will I live? There are so many decisions to make and peer pressure is still a question on their mind. What will my friends think if I do…..? Or I don’t do….?We must encourage our young adults to follow the direction in their heart. We must teach them that even though we live in an ever-changing world; God is the same God since the beginning of time. He loves us and wants to lead us but we must surrender our lives to Him. God loves us so much that He gave His son This shows us that we are so important to God that He would sacrifice His only son, so that we may have an abundant life and an everlasting life. We must teach our young adults to trust God with everything and He will provide the guidance. When we look at some of the young adults in the Bible we see through their trials that we are capable of overcoming and moving forward. We can apply the messages of the ancient of days to our modern young adult lives. It is a matter of understanding that God still works the same in this day as He did then.
Some of the younger generation in the bible that faced great trials were Joseph, Samuel, David, Jeremiah, Josiah, Esther, Daniel, Timothy and Mary. We see in the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis; at the age of seventeen he was sold into slavery by his brothers and still lived for God; God gave him favour and after many years of tribulation he rose up to govern the land in Egypt. Samuel as a young lad heard the voice of God and became a great Prophet and was chosen to anoint a great King. David a sheep herder as a youth faced Goliath and then went on to lead the nation as King. Jeremiah was called to be a prophet as a youth. . Josiah chose to follow God as a youth and led a revival as a young King. Esther as a young maiden stood for God and later she finds favour by the king. Daniel said to probably be middle-school age stood for God in the face of the mighty king of Babylon. Timothy was told not to let any one look down on his youth but to be an example. Mary our Saviour’s mother was probably a teen when she gave birth to Jesus.
So how does all this apply today in our young adults; it shows us that no matter the situation God has a plan and a purpose for their lives. These young people in the bible overcame great adversity and can be looked upon as hero’s that transcend time. They all had great faith in God and had an unmoving courage that was built on the foundation of their relationship with the Father; Today our young adults have an even greater advantage and blessing. We as born again believers have the Holy Spirit; Christ Our Saviour’s Spirit dwells in us. We have an inner witness and an ongoing source of guidance through His Spirit. He can provide us with wisdom in our most confused times. We should teach our young adults to seek God first and He will guide them through all things that are necessary in their lives. We should be real at all times in dealing with young adults. We are living in a generation of young adults whom have very little tolerance for hypocrites. Their family lives and their backgrounds are very diverse. So we as leaders must always be demonstrating the very things we are trying to impart into them. We must be consistent in our faith and teaching that God is our source. We should always remind them that God is always using young people and that they are equally important to our Heavenly Father’s plan and purpose in the earth.
In the 1700’s a revival called the First Great Awaken Pastor John Edwards observed the role of the young people’s work during this time and witnessed that God had indeed cast off the old stiff-necked generation and was raising up a new one. God is always looking for a willing vessel to operate though; He is no respecter of persons. What this Pastor observed in his generation is certainly possible for our generation of Young adults.
Young adults are the future of our world and we as leaders must help them to understand the purpose that God has for their lives. We must encourage them with kind patience though all the seasons of their young adult life. We must treat them like they are adults preparing for a lifelong service in God. The young adults of today are team players; they are trustful and can submit to the right authority. They are thirsty for the greater things that God has in store for them. They want to connect to the world in a greater way than any other generation; Even the lost young adults are seeking spiritual wisdom, We see this on every day TV, by the various shows that deal with all the wrong things (i.e. psychic investigators). The media knows that the young adults are seeking to understand the spirit realm. We must reach those lost and bring them into the light and knowledge of truth. I believe the saved young adults are a strong influence on the lost in the world. This generation has a greater source of networking with tools like the internet; They connect through face book, twitter, email, and text messaging etc. I think that today’s generation has a greater potential to reach the lost and we should utilize these tools that God has given us. I personally love working with young adults. They are always a breath of fresh air and awaken in me my own potential. They are not set in their ways and are open to new things. They have a teachable heart and are full of passion and hope for the future. We as leaders have been given a great blessing and opportunity to build a better world though raising up the future leaders of this generation. Leaders filled with the knowledge and wisdom of God. . Leaders trained in a world filled with opportunities that God has blessed this generation with.
~Sincerely Cindy, May God Bless You & Keep You Embraced in His Loving Presence ♥
Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end
1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Story of Joseph – Genesis chapter 37-50
Calling of Samuel – 1 Samuel 3:5-7 5 So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.6 Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!”So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)
Anointing of King David in His youth –1 Samuel 16:12-14 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.
The Prophet Is Called – Jeremiah 1:4-54 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Josiah Anointed King 2 Kings 21:23-2523 Then the servants of Amon conspired against him, and killed the king in his own house. 24 But the people of the land executed all those who had conspired against King Amon. Then the people of the land made his son Josiah king in his place.
Esther becomes Queen and saves the Jews – The book of Ester
Daniel in the Lion’s den – The book of Daniel
Mary mother of Jesus – Found in the Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
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