The praise and worship team sings intensely. Hands go up all over the church in adoration and praise while varying voices echoes each line of chorus. Some people are clapping, some are standing. Others are looking up to heaven and some are keeping their chest warm with their chins while they pray. The ambiance in God’s temple is inviting, and the Holy Spirit has accepted the invitation.
Yet, this very same setting is home to a different atmosphere. Sitting in the midst of the worshipers are some unconcern teens; minding their own business. Oblivious to their surroundings, they send text, check status on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, tell or receive juicy gossip, create doodles, or fiddle with their hair or the gum in their mouths. Oh, and let’s not forget the few who have no clue what’s going on in church…because they’re outside.
Teens, probably you can share with us “why is it so hard to sit and stay focus in church?” Maybe you’re not doing any of the things mention above, but your mind probably wonders a lot. Remember, spending quality time with the God you claim to serve is as important as studying for an exam. There are some of you who accept Jesus by choice, and are baptized church members. Then there are those who don’t know Christ personally, and truth be told, would rather be somewhere else. These young adults are only present because they have no choice.
For some, church is just one of the rules that comes with staying under their parents’ roof. If that’s a fact, I challenge you to find out what the big deal is about church and God. I mean, if your parents are spending so much time attending, not to mention giving this “Jesus character” so much attention, then there must be something to it. Take the time to get to know Him for yourself. Attend Sabbath or Sunday school, listen to the sermons, read the Bible, meet God in prayer, and participate wholeheartedly in church services. After a month of consistently doing these activities, you’ll draw your own conclusion. I guarantee you won’t feel like a church prisoner anymore.
For those teens who are Christians, you’ve already discovered how awesome serving God is–you just get sidetracked. Even adults get distracted and sometimes neglect their relationship with Christ and the church. It’s just like nurturing a plant. For it to grow, it needs water, sunlight, time, and care. It will die without these things. Your relationship with Jesus also needs nurture for growth and survival. Attending church is one way to nurture the union. But just showing up for service will not do. You have to pay attention. Give one hundred percent every time. Soak up all that the assembling of brethren have to offer; your relationship with Christ can only be better for it.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)
“But in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15)