TEENS AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CHRISTIANS
As followers of Christ, we have chosen to live a life of compassion and faith – it is a part of who were are.
As we grow our families and communities, we too hope that those around us will also adhere to the values that we possess through our Christian faith.
But what happens if even those closest to us, our children for example, don’t seem to adopt these same values.
We know that they’re incredibly important, and it has shaped the person that we have become.
If your child or teen has not yet come around to living a devout life of faith according to Him – you are not alone.
After being polled, many followers of Christianity state that it is one of their biggest fears – living in a divided house and having their children not follow their religion.
We will give you some advice below, and some pointers to help your children see the light.
While we cannot control the lives of others, we do understand that it is our duty to encourage those to follow the correct path. Without any force – we can use the Bible and it’s teachings to encourage those around us.
Meet Your Child, Where They Are
Most teens are preoccupied with school, their friends and spend more time on their phones then we would like.
It’s sometimes tough to truly connect with them. This is why we have created the Daily Bible Verse – via Text Message, which has become quite popular with the teenage demographic.
For a teen questioning their faith, we find that a little bit of encouragement from the Bible goes a long way. This would go for anyone questioning their Christian faith.
We send one text message, ever single morning, of our favorite Bible verses. The verse is sent once, but the effects last throughout the entire day.
We can’t think of a better way to show someone the path of Christ, than through inspirational Bible verses. If they won’t pick up the Bible – that’s totally fine, but maybe we can use technology to show them the light.
What can parents or grandparents do to encourage teens to live a more devout life?
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. – Psalm 71:18
1) Share the Gospel with them
Believing comes from hearing the Word of God being preached. There is no such thing as a carnal Christian. Those two words are solar opposites. Because a Christian is a person that does not desire God from afar, a Christian’s heart has been changed and already desires a devout life, to worship God and to be close to Him. His sheep hear His voice and they will draw near, there is no stopping that.
As the older generation, we need to stop babying them and start giving them real food. Yes, the Bible is full of great stories about Moses, David and Goliath, and Jonah, but sharing just the good about these characters is not going to help them grow, we need to share the whole story, it is part of the word of God and if we are just pulling only the pieces we want to share, we are doing them a disservice.
These kids need to know that it is okay to fail and that it is not the end of the world when they do. Because it will point them to THE character in the book, and that character is God, He is the only one perfect and able to forgive our failures and mistakes. They need to know that they are nothing without God.
Because we are all deprived and fall short of the Glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
2) Check the weight of your expectations
Now, most people think their kids are perfect but we can quickly learn from just reading the Bible that they are not. None of us are.
We put so much pressure on how well they are doing at school, financially or career-wise but we forget the most important expectation, which should be, are they believers of Jesus Christ?
However, it is also important to wait on the Lord when it comes to their salvation. We can so easily become impatient, but only God does the saving through the work of His Holy Spirit. Be patient with your child or teen – this is crucial. Forcing them to do anything is a great way for them to eventually resent you.
As grandparents or parents who are devout Christians, it is important to live a life that preaches the truth without us having to tell them. If we are just obedient, the younger generation will see the truth instead of just hearing it all the time.
Although this cannot guarantee that they will believe. It is alone in God’s hands when their hearts will change.
How to encourage someone who has lost their faith?
A true devout Christian cannot lose their faith because nothing can take away the free gift that God has given, once you are born again there is no death otherwise the gift would not be eternal (Ephesians 2:8).
It’s not uncommon for someone to follow God and then stop. For whatever reason. This person is not lost. We have to realize that being a teen is tough and there are a lot of influences occurring in their lives at any given time. It is rare to be steadfast for 100% of ones life.
Do not forget – Jesus saved us from faithlessness. Those who profess to be true Christians do not lose it. They always possess it.
But to encourage one who does not believe is to share the good news with them which is that we all fall short of the glory of God, but the gift in Jesus Christ is eternal life, through repentance, forgiveness, and true transformation.
Why is it important for teens to read the Bible?
Maybe it’s an “old school” approach – but we think that you can look to the Bible for most of your answers. The question of encouraging your child to live life according to God is no exception.
It is important because there is no human alive that does not need it. For teens specifically, they need truth and they need a good foundation just like everybody else. Hell truly exists and the word of God shares that truth with them, It gives them a choice to turn from evil and to turn to Jesus.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.- Hebrews 4:12
Saving faith comes from knowing what the word says and it is 100 percent trustworthy.
As we conclude this post – we want to leave you with a few Bible verses that we have found to provide comfort during tough times.
If you ultimately can’t make your child see the light of God – there is always hope for the future. We can always continue trying.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
It allows them to grow in knowledge and spread the Gospel, to fulfill the calling and great commission that Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:18-10.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. – 1 Tim 4:12
Let us know below what issues you may be facing with your child or teen. We are here for you and understand that this is a tough position to be in.