I resumed studying about a month ago and one of my subjects this semester is youth ministry, which is rather appropriate as I am involved in the commencement of a youth group at my church.
One of the most interesting things about youth these days is that they are looking for a mission, a project, something bigger than themselves that they can invest their lives in. Many look for this in environmental issues or social justice issues which are important but often hard work and not very fruitful.
The other thing they are looking for is community, friendship and connection with others. Many look for this in social media but it is a shallow substitute for real engagement with others.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, these are also two things than many adults are looking for.
The gospel of Jesus Christ fulfils both these needs. God has a plan and purpose for everyone’s lives and we are never too young or too old to be about God’s business. His plan is sweeping, compelling, and eternally significant. His plan is to bring heaven to earth. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Furthermore God’s intention is that we fulfil his plan together, in cooperation with others, thus fulfilling our need for community.
Yet engaging in God’s purpose asks a great deal of us. It requires we give up our agendas, our preferences, and our plans. A huge price but ultimately a great reward, which reminds me of the story Jesus told in Matthew 13:44-46.