At YouthHOPE, we believe in the potential of each young person. We also believe in the anointing of God. A few days ago, CNBC released an article entitled, Young Entrepreneurs . This article features the stories of financially successful teens who started their businesses as young as age 12. As I read the success stories of these young men, and one young woman, I wondered:
Does the Church really believe in the potential of youth?
The author, Kirsten Chang, starts her article by suggesting “no buzz word” has given more hope to the youthful unemployed than the word “entrepreneurship.” Although we understand where Chang is coming from, we believe there’s another word that gives far more hope to teenagers: JESUS.
I challenge you to read these stories of business start-ups, internet websites, and limousine services. If these dozen or so youth can make this much of an impact in the financial sector, imagine what youth, with hearts ablaze for Jesus and filled with the Spirit of God, can make in the Kingdom!
What should our response be?
Youth pastors all across the world: There are students sitting in your youth groups that have the same potential, possibly even greater potential than those featured in the article. Have they ever heard from you that God wants to awaken and use that potential for His Kingdom and His glory?
Pastors, and Elders: Is youth ministry in your church an after-thought? Do high schoolers really matter in your church? Does the youth ministry budget reflect your response to that previous question? Are youth given space to serve, innovate and make a difference in the church?
Parents: It’s never too late to speak a blessing over the lives of your children. Let them know their worth. Have you ever told your children that they have the potential to change the world? Have they heard from you how they are a “loser” or how they are “going to end up in jail some day?” In saying these things – they are as good as done. Are you speaking blessings or curses?
Youth: Is there a dream that God has put on your heart? Has He given you unique gifts, talents and abilities – things that just seem to come natural to you? Are you willing to surrender all you have to God and ask Him to use you to make His Name great?
Psalm 46:10 is a familiar verse to Christians: “Be still and know that I am God.” But the second part of that verse often goes un-quoted: “I will be exalted in the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth.” We believe that God has a very specific anointing on this generation – skills, talents and abilities, dreams and visions, and it’s all to make His Name great in all the earth. Do you agree?