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.
–1 Timothy 4:12
Today was another interesting outreach….
As seen in previous posts, Evangelism can be done anywhere, anytime, with anyone.
Today was a Sunday – and it was a Sunday in July – which means I was raising awareness for Evangelism within my church.
My focus this week was on the youth.
I spoke to various children/teenagers in church about what they believe and why.
I think we often overlook children in regards to evangelism, and that is a great mistake.
We presume that children do not have the capacity to understand.
We assume teenagers are uninterested.
We choose to not bother children and teenagers with a relationship with Christ, instead we introduce them to the religion of our “Christianity”, which often means that they are bystanders to our own faith.
How often have you seen a child in a night vigil service asleep? How many children have played tag along to a monthly prayer meeting? How many children have been spooked after attending a church service and beholding every adult speaking in tongues?
All of the above are good, useful things, but to the unengaged mind, what benefit does it serve? I’m not against children being present in the above settings, but I am against children being unwilling passengers to a parent’s walk with Christ.
Let’s speak to our children.
Let’s talk to our teens.
Ask them questions.
This is a good way to establish where young people are with their own relationship with Christ.
Is their faith based on Christ?
Do they believe that Jesus really died on a cross for them, or do they believe it because Mummy said it?
Do they know why we pray, or do they just do it because Daddy tells them too?
As a young woman, these were the questions I had to ask myself whilst I was growing up, and I thank God that I’ve come to a certain, steadfast conclusion.
For the children and young people I spoke to this Sunday, the answer wasn’t always so clear. But by actually speaking to them, I’ve encouraged a chance for self-reflection. I pray that the Holy Spirit will minister to each child accordingly.
Until the next day…