It seems young people are no longer getting crazy for Christ. Where has their passion for Christ gone? Could it be that it wasn’t there to begin with? Could the issue of lackluster worship from youths be stemming from how they’re now being brought up, or could it be the decreased emphasis some churches put on spiritual growth? It could even be stemming from an increased interest in technology that’s stealing their attention away from the Bible, and from offering vibrant praise. Second Timothy 2:3 presents an excellent reason,
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy … ”
Whatever the reasons are, it’s clear that the majority of youth have lost the zeal to serve God in spirit and in truth. I remember when teenagers use to get excited to be a part of the praise and worship team. I remember when attending Sunday and Sabbath school were a thing of great importance; and memorizing the memory text was a top priority and a great competition. I remember when church trips—to wherever—were a big deal, and every youth wanted to be involved. I remember when participating in any aspect of the church service was an honor teens would compete for, and be glad to have. Church and serving God used to be a way-of-life for young adults. Not so much anymore.
Now, most youths:
• Show up to church because they’re forced to.
• Have to be begged to participate in simple church activities such as Scripture reading or collecting offering.
• Have to be cajoled into being a part of trips and outings.
• Have to be prompted to stand up, clap, or sing during praise and worshiping.
What went wrong? Their interest in Christ and anything church related seems to have dried up. It’s as if they are zombies aimlessly wandering around with little to no interest for the things of God. They praise God with depleted energy, as if they have forgotten it was Him who woke them up, clothe them in their right mind, and provided all the other wonderful blessings they enjoy.
Young people, it is time for a spiritual revival. It is time to rediscover your love for God, and identify your purpose as Christians. It is time to prioritize. It is time to spend more time in His presence. Try fasting and praying. Challenge yourself and step outside of your comfort zone. Get animated about praising God. Be happy to do His will and labor in His vineyard.
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23)
What is taking your attention and energy away from genuinely serving God?