The world offers the youth anything to keep them away from their true identity and who God is.
There are countless of mainstream movies about young people engaging in things that should be within the boundary of marriage. There are nice tunes with bad lyrics in current music that glorifies violence against women and sex. The social media platforms allow young people to see lewd videos and pictures that go viral.
If we do nothing, it will influence how the society works in the future which will be the world of my kids and your kids too. We cannot just let MTV define new values which are not in any way reflective of God’s design.
Apparently, the world defines what it offers as fun and the youth irresistibly try the mantra: You Only Live Once.
You are Paul
I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News. -Philippians 2:20-22 (NLT)
These verses are part of the message of Paul to the Philippians. He was proud of Timothy and regarded him as his equal in serving God.
Paul gives us a model in how to disciple the next generation. He invested his life in others including that of Timothy. Timothy met Paul probably in his early twenties and are considered young during that time.
No matter how we look at it, we truly have the responsibility in reaching out to the next generation.
It is not just an obligation but a privilege that God is using us in ministering his children. Remember that there are a lot of passages and stories of Jesus’ encounter of children and how much He loves them.
Paul is telling Timothy that whatever he learned from him should be passed on to the next generation. With this, we are securing that good values and virtues will continue.
We should be intentional in mentoring them.
We should be intentional in listening to them.
We should be intentional in being a good model to them.
We should be intentional in letting them say their opinions and how they feel.
We should not be dismissive to their ideas and learn from them.
We should be intentional in talking about Jesus to them.
The next generation that comes after Millennials is called Generation Z. They are those who are born after 1995. They have no idea what a VHS tape or a cassette player is. They are born in a world in the dominance of internet, iPods and cellphones.
We do not have to look far from where we are.
They are those who can stand loud music during praise and worship while we hold the chair thinking that the hall will collapse.
They are our Kids Church students.
They are those who are in uniforms going to school.
They are our younger brother and sister.They are the friends of our younger brother and sister.
They are those who are having a good time at Timezone.
They occupy internet cafes.
They are everywhere.
And they are young. So young that they can absorb what the world offers intentionally or unintentionally.
The world they are in is everything they can live with but nothing to live for. So we tell them that we live for a purpose and that is to be in the presence of God.
Cast to them a vision and disciple them to become the leaders of the next generation that comes after them.
WRITTEN BY: JUNVER ARCAYNA