whats to come? Lord knows and im good with that … but still like to dream!
When I look over our crowd of students on any given weekend, I see so many different kinds of kids. Some are completely sold out to Jesus. Some just don’t get it. Some don’t want to get it. It’s been reminding me a lot of the Parable of the Sower. You remember the parable, right? Its a parable of Jesus scattering seed.
Some seed falls on the path. It’s trampled on and never takes root.
Some seed falls on the shallow soil. It never grows roots and quickly dies out.
Some falls on the crowded soil. It’s overcome by weeds and thorns.
And some falls on the good soil, grows roots, and produce fruit.
I’ve always wondered, why didn’t Jesus just throw the seed on the good soil?! Seems like a waste of seed to me…just scattering it all around the place all willy-nilly! If I were him, I’d stop scattering the seed in places where it’s obviously not going to grow!
Too many times I just want to forget about the people who seem to be “bad” soil. I want to save my time and energy casting the vision to those who will receive it. Maybe it’s because I feel like a failure when the seed I scatter gets trampled on and dies. So I pretend I’m a good farmer, and throw the seed where I know it’ll grow.
But in reality, a good farmer doesn’t just plant seed. He also takes the bad soil and makes it good.
And that’s why I’m not Jesus.
Jesus is just as interested in the bad soil as he is the good soil. To him, all soil is redeemable! He can tak the worst of situations, the hardest of hearts, the most annoying and self centered people and grow something beautiful from them.
We just have to be willing to take a little time to do the hard work of a farmer and till the soil. It’s going to take blood, sweat, and tears. It’s going to mean failure on occasion. It’s going to mean wasting seed. But one day, when the soil has been worked enough, you may get a crop.
God’s not just in the growing business. He’s in the redeeming business too.
Are teens spending too much time focusing on the future and not enough time focusing on the now?
Teens do homework now, so they can get a diploma later.
Teens go to school now, so they can get a good job later.
Teens get a job now, to save money for later.
Teens go to church now, so they don’t leave the church later.
Teens modify their behavior now, so they can be productive members of society later.
Teens abstain from sex now, so that they can have better sex later.
Teens manage their finances now, so they aren’t in debt later.
Current society raises teens for “someday” but doesnt raises them for today.
The problem with this is that many teens aren’t able to fully comprehend “later”. It’s too abstract of an idea. Therefore, the things they’re doing now become less important.
What would change in teen culture if they were expected to focus more on the present than the future? Example: What if they got a job today because it could make a difference in their life today?
We believe in the one true God
We believe in Father Spirit Son
We believe that good has won
And all of the people of God sing along
We are free He died and lives again
We will be a people free from sin
Well be free a kingdom with no end
And all of the people of God sing along
Our father who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who have trespassed against us
Lord lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For thine Is the kingdom, power and the glory forever
We’re singing –
Manifesto – City Harmonic
How did youth pastors end up with sole responsibility for the spiritual lives of teens? Was it given to us by the parents? Taken from the parents? Is it that the youth pastors saw a gap and just started to fill it? What part of this is true,healthy,unhealthy or just maybe embarrassing?
Thought about doing the bloging for years so this is a little go at it. This changes everything ..again