Oftentimes in Youth Ministry, spiritual lingo is used such as “Live for Christ” or “Follow after Jesus” or “Work hard spiritually”….What do these words mean to the average teenager? Could they put these into tangible, measurable words for you if you asked them? Maybe they can, maybe you gave a little chuckle with these questions.
Without diving into a deep theological discussion on spiritual lingo, the historical background, root words, etc…I’d rather just briefly give a practical approach such as what was seen in the Olympics.
When asked about the experience of the Olympics, 9 times out of 10 we hear something to the effect of “I’m just happy to represent my country” or “It’s not about me, it’s about my country”. Taking that approach, explain to your teens, this is what it means to follow Christ or live for Christ. The Christian life is a life where you are not living for your self, where you represent Christ in everything you do. From the things you watch on TV to the words that come out of your mouth, you choose to live a life that resemble the life of Jesus, or shadows the world.
Don’t be afraid to allow something that is on the world stage, such as the Olympics, to draw your students closer to a knowledge of a true Christian life. As GI Joe would say, “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle”.