Young people are the future leaders of society. They are the movers and shapers of cultures around the world. We see the media, entertainment, and marketing industries across the globe being highly influenced by the needs and the wants of the young people. 42% of the world’s population is below the age of 24, almost half of the entire population. These facts alone should be evidence enough to conclude that the direction of the future of our society will be dictated by what will influence the young people.
I go to a church named Every Nation and in this Church movement, we believe in young people. This is our calling as a world-wide family of churches. We believe that it’s never too early for anyone to make a positive impact. I’m so happy to be part of a church that is highly invested in the youth, specifically students. To know more about Every Nation’s heart for the young people you may click on the link below and get a glimpse of our campus ministry.
In the Bible, it’s unmistakably clear how God had used young people to impact society. We see this in the story of David, Samuel and Timothy just to name a few. One of the most well known verse in the Bible that talks about how big of an impact a young person can make can be seen in 1 Timothy 4:12. This is where the Apostle Paul encourages and instructs his young protege named Timothy.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
The reason Paul exhorted this to him is because Timothy was leading people older than him. Historians said that Timothy pastored a church when he was as young as 16 years old. Indeed, someone can never be too young to make an impact.
Last Saturday we had our triannual Shared Lives Discipleship Meeting. We do this so that they can have a time for fellowship and fun but also to cast to them the vision of Honoring God and Making Disciples in their campuses. I shared to them about having a heart for the lost people, prioritizing sharing the gospel and believing God to give them a vision for their campuses.
I believe that God wants to give young people like them today a personal vision of how He will use them for his glory. I also believe that it’s no accident that they are there in the campus they’re in right now. I believe God wants them to excel in their studies but at the same time give them a vision on how he’ll use them to make disciples. Acts 2:17 talks about how God gives young people vision (Greek: horasis meaning the act of seeing)
” ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
THE POWER OF VISION
Vision is such a powerful thing to have. Never underestimate the power of vision. Bill Hybels said in his book Courageous Leadership that vision is a picture of the future that produces passion in us. I highly recommend reading Bill Hybel’s book: Courageous Leadership to learn more about vision and to see how big of an impact vision creates.
I remember that time when God gave me a vision of how discipleship can change the world. I said to myself that if we just made disciples one person at a time then we can definitely turn this world right side up. That vision wrecked my life (in a good way) my life was never the same again after God made me understand the power of discipleship.
Major movements, life changing events and other great episodes in history all started with a vision. The vision for those things originated from a single man or a group of people. I believe that anyone with so much vision can change and impact the world. I believe that this is one thing that young people needs:
A God-honoring and Biblical Vision
If you’re here and you’re reading this blog, pray and ask God for a vision. What is the vision that he wants for your life that he wants you to see? He wants to give you a vision, maybe you just don’t know it yet. Ask him for a vision so compelling that you will not be able to sleep because of this. 🙂 Ask Him for a picture of what could be in your given situation and context. Maybe you’re part of an organization in school and something just doesn’t seem right. Maybe you are close to a group of people whose life are a mess right now. Maybe the culture of your campus is not pleasing to God i.e. (a culture of mediocrity, drugs, violence etc. etc.). What change does God want to see happen?
Picture in your minds what God wants to see materialized. Pray and seek God’s will. After you’ve confirmed the vision he’s giving you through the Holy Spirit, keep that vision in your heart. Don’t lose sight of it. That vision will disturb you (in a good way). It will lead you to proactively do things that will turn that vision into a reality one simple step at a time.
Young people… They’re never too young to receive a vision from God on what he wants them to do. Imagine if all young people today would receive a vision from God and commits to trust God to turn that vision into a reality. Imagine the impact it’ll make in our society, nation and the rest of the world!
Praying that you’ll receive a God-Honoring vision soon if don’t have one yet. God bless! 🙂
UP NEXT: Never Too Young Part 2 – Reality