Goethe is recognized as one of the greatest German politicians and authors. Having keen insight into the life and future of his nation he wrote, “The destiny of our nation can be determined by the opinions of our youth!” Few would disagree with his observation.
The statesmen of our nation say the same: “The future lies with our youth.” If that is true, and it is, we must admit that “the future of our youth lies with us!” And since that is true, and it is, we must ask ourselves, “What are we doing to prepare our youth to lead our nation?” Will they know the God of the Prophets and the Christ of the Apostles and disciples of the early church? Will they learn and follow and lead with the “faith that was once delivered to the saints?” Or will they surrender their lives to the attractions of materialism and self-centeredness?
Recent studies reveal that 60% of our youth will no longer attend church when they turn twenty. And even though some churches have vibrant youth programs, they are having no long-lasting influence on their lives. Few make a lifelong commitment to Christ and a willingness to serving Him. It seems obvious that our churches are entertaining but not evangelizing.
What needs to be done? Moses, once again, provides insight and advice: “May Your deeds be shown to Your servants, Your splendor to their children.”
The fact of the matter is that His deeds and splendor can only be seen in our lives. If our faith does not work for us, “why” they will ask, “should we believe in Your God?”
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to live a faith that demonstrates Your deeds and splendor that will attract others to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 90:16 Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children.