Read Jeremiah 1; 1 Timothy 4:12
Here in the Philippines, most teenagers have a mindset to focus on their GOALS first before GOD. Instead of pursuing their divine destiny, they are heavily influenced by MEDIA, WRONG-FRIENDSHIPS AND INFLUENCES and RESENTMENTS from their PAST. What's the result?
Destruction in the end. Let us examine Jeremiah.
Call to shine your light
We are called to shine His light all over the Earth. Reading Jeremiah, I can compare myself to Him.
Reason? He's young, and when God called Him into ministry, HE DOUBTED.
Have we been trying to hinder God's plan over us by making excuses?
This is Jeremiah's response (from Jeremiah 1:6; ERV)
Then I said, “But, Lord God, I don’t know how to speak. I am only a boy.”
This is God's response (Jeremiah 1:7-8; ERV)
“Don’t say, ‘I am only a boy.’
You must go everywhere I send you
and say everything I tell you to say.
Don’t be afraid of anyone.
I am with you, and I will protect you.”
This message is from the Lord.
Right mindset and heart
We should remind ourselves that serving God is not boring, God reminds us to have a heart which calls out of LOVE not out of obligation. This is one of the wrong mindset- thinking serving God as an obligations and follow a set-of-rules. It should abound in love.
Encouragements for Youths: Even though you are young, LET GOD use you. Surrender your dreams and desires unto Him.
As what the verse in 1 Timothy 4:12 says:
You are young, but don’t let anyone treat you as if you are not important. Be an example to show the believers how they should live. Show them by what you say, by the way you live, by your love, by your faith, and by your pure life.
Keep your light shining! God bless.