Signs that God is working in the life of your teenager. | Signs of Life (Part 2)
FTWOTM | Robert Martinez
Recently we looked at the reality of God working in the lives of teenagers. There are signs that we can look for in teens that help us to understand that God's amazing grace is still at work in their lives! In fact, it is my belief that God never gives up on young people. In other words, there is not one young person alive that is beyond God's love and forgiveness.
We are often blinded by all the dirt and bad decisions that young people make, and can easily allow these choices made by our own teens to fix or focus on the negatives. Please do not get me wrong, we should never overlook sin, or spiritual issues that our teens may drag into their lives. There is no reason for anyone to do this, in fact, our sin is very serious and should always be addressed and never taken lightly. "Sin and the child of God are incompatible, they may occasionally meet; but they cannot live together in harmony." (John Stott) Sin tolerated in our lives absolutely decimates our lives, and once known and addressed by God it must be immediately confessed and forsaken.
My point is this, while the sin must always be forsaken, there must always be an attempt to restore the young sinner. Galatians 6:1 can also be applied to young people, "Brethren if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." The truth found in this verse implies that it is absolutely POSSIBLE for a believer to be restored! The word "restore" has the idea of mending a net or setting a broken bone. What an amazing truth! If we look at our teenagers with the possibility of them being restored spiritually and mended we would have no other option but to pray, help and come along side of our hurting teenagers with the intention to restore!
The first genuine "Sign of Life" that we pointed out was "Responses from the preaching of God's Word". So what is another genuine "Sign of Life" in your teenager?
Secondly, Repentance and Confession of Sin.
Perhaps you can remember those moments when your young teenager would come to you and tell you about a recent sin they were struggling with and how they had just confessed it to God and decided to leave it behind. I can certainly say that I have had many young people come to me throughout the years and tell me with a smile on their face, "Hey brother Robert, I got something to tell you!" Inevitably they would share how they recently corrected their walk with God by confession of a certain sin they had been struggling with for quite some time. Those days are awesome to me, it lets me know that they are "still in the fight" and another "Sign of Life" comes to the surface. God can only receive the glory during these times!
The bible says, "He that convereth his sins shall not prosper, but WHOSO confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy!" (Proverbs 28:13) This is both an amazing promise and an adamant warning from God's Word! The teenager who chooses to harbor and hoard his or her sin in their heart will only meet problems in life. But the young person (or any person) who chooses to confess and forsake their sin finds God's amazing MERCY! This is exactly what teenagers need, not only from God (who is more than willing to bestow it), but also from us who are in their lives on a day to day basis. When a teen comes forward to share his or her recent decision to confess and forsake sin, I want to challenge you to encourage that teenager! Take them out to lunch, have them over to the house, pray with them right then and there, EXPRESS YOUR JOY RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM! These are signs of life!
It makes no sense to me how any person who calls themselves a Christian cannot get excited about a teen who takes a step towards God and not away, no matter how big the step may be.
Recently a teen came up to me and told me that he had just confessed and repented of his sin and trusted Christ as his personal Savior. This young person has a heavy influence on his peers, and the decision he made had value in my eyes. I made it my goal this year to help him use his influence to do some major damage to Satan's cause. To me he is still in the game, to me... this was a sign of life.
Again, every response made we consider a sign of life, do you?
FTWOTM | Robert Martinez