There are very few recorded instances in the Gospels of Jesus interacting with kids, but Matthew 19 (story of the rich young ruler) does give us a hint as to what type of youth leader he would be.
Jesus seized every opportunity.
“Why do you ask me what is good? There is only One who is good” (19:17).
Of all the ways he could’ve answered the young ruler’s question, Jesus seizes the opportunity to change the young man’s perception of what good is. Good is not just a “some-thing” to be accomplished as much as it is “some-One” to follow.
Jesus was intentional.
“Then come, follow me” (19:21).
Jesus recognized that the young man before him had great character and potential (in fact that was obvious to everyone in the area), and Jesus knew that his request for him to give up all his possessions would be a hard blow to take…but Jesus didn’t candy coat it. In fact, he took it one step further and called the young ruler with the very same call that he gave to the disciples at the beginning of their ministry.
The reminder for us all: Are we seizing every opportunity with our students, and how intentional are we being with them on a weekly basis?
Good things to consider as we journey with our students this week.