I’d just like to take some time to explain our new Youth Group name, C.R.E.W. As you can see, it stands for Christians, Ready, Equipped, and Willing. The purpose of having this title is so that we can fully train ourselves to be the Christians we are called to be! Yes, I know that you are a teenager! And yes, I know that it’s a challenge! But through the power of God, you can do it. The Bible says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” The Bible also says in I Timothy 4:12, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Teenager, IT IS possible for you to be a Christian now! You may be thinking, “Well, you don’t know what kind of home I’m from, who I live with, or what goes on there.” You’re right. I don’t. But I do know that God can save any one, at any place, at any time, no matter what the circumstances may be. Let’s look at this new title, one word at a time.
If you have received Christ as your personal Savior, that automatically means that God has something in store for you in your time here on earth. He has a purpose for you, from the breath you are about to breathe, until you die at the ripe old age of 120 years old, God has a reason for you to be here. Your goal is to find out what that purpose may be. It could be for you to be a preacher, a missionary, a Christian business man/woman, an evangelist, a manager, a prayer warrior, anything. You may not be called to the ministry, but you can be surrendered to it! You as a saved, born-again Christian, have the responsibility to be surrendered to multiple things: The Context of God’s Word, the Church of God, and the Commission of God. If you are surrendered to those three things, you will be a Christian everywhere you go, whether you are in the ministry or not. You will win souls, you will invite people to church, you will tithe, you will love others, you will preach Jesus through your life and actions. You’re ultimate purpose is to bring honor and glory to the Lord. I Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Through loving God, you’ll love others. Paul said two verses later: “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”
Ready for what? The return of Christ! Jesus is coming soon and you need to live like it! You serve God until one of two things happens: You die, or Jesus comes.
What if Jesus came back today? Would He find you serving Him? Would He find you wasting your life in sin? Would He find you faithful?
The Bible says in I Thessalonians 4:16, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Jesus is coming soon. Will you be ready for His return?
I’d hate to stand before God one day, and have to explain to him how video games were more important than going to church. I want to be ready for Jesus to come back! I want Him to know that I did all that I possibly could for Him in this short time I have here on earth.
Until the return of Christ, while we are here, we must fight the world, the flesh, and the devil. In order to fight, we must be equipped. We must be prepared for battle daily! How can a Christian fight without His sword? What protection does a Christian have without armor? What good is a Christian, if he doesn’t fight? What does a soldier do without a command? II Timothy 2:19 says, “…Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” Then verse 21 says, “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” Be in God’s Book, and He’ll properly equip you to fight the battle! Remember Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
This is a BIG one. There’s a lot of Christians in churches all over America today that will say “Amen!” the loudest, they’ll be at every fellowship that there is under the sun, and they’ll pray and tell everyone around, “I’ll do anything the Lord wants me to do.” But once the moment comes when they are asked to do this or that, they are offended. They get upset and say, “Do you know who I am? Don’t you understand that I don’t do that anymore?” Or they will simply walk away from a task needing to be done, and it’s left for someone else to do. “That’s not my job.”
Teenager, this is a scary place to be. Because if you’re not willing to do the little things, why should you be given the bigger things? Anyone who is TOO BIG to do something for the Lord that’s small and meaningful, has a big issue. Their heart is not right with the Lord.
The Bible says in Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
What does the word “wait” mean? It means kick back, relax, and wait to clean the kitchen until you hear mom and dad’s car pull up in the driveway. Correct! I’m glad you got that down. But what does it mean to “wait on” someone? Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says this: “to attend; to go see; to follow; to look watchfully; to be ready to serve; to obey.”
Whoa! That brings about a whole new meaning to Isaiah 40:31! But they that attend to the LORD, they that go see the LORD, they that follow the LORD, they that look watchfully to the LORD, they that are READY TO SERVE THE LORD, they that OBEY the LORD…shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Teenager, in order for you to mount up with wings as the eagles do, in order for you to run your race for the Lord and not be weary, in order for you walk and not faint, you must wait upon the Lord. You must diligently seek after His Word, and do everything you can to please the Lord with your life. Very few Christians today are “willing.”
Be a Christian who is surrendered, who is ready and waiting for the Lord’s return which is your blessed hope, who is equipping himself daily through the power of God’s Word, and willing to do anything the Lord asks of him. Then, the Lord will have something great in store for you, that your mind cannot fathom. I Corinthians 2:9 says, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”