God saw it yet again…when he called a young boy into ministry from a deep sleep
God also saw it…when a group of teenagers were asked to stand up against pagan idolatry while facing a fiery consequence.
God saw it once more…when He sent an angel to tell a teenage virgin she would carry and deliver the Savior that would take away the sins of the world.
Jesus saw it…when he chose a bunch of teenagers to be world-changers and his successors of the Gospel message.
What did they see? The saw The Potential of Young People.
Listen, if you don’t see it, and you are a parent of young children or teenagers, or you work in children or student ministry…then you need to start seeing it. All throughout Biblical history, young people were used in powerful, dynamic, and world-changing ways. From Josiah to the virgin Mary, we see God using a variety of characters to be used to carry out incredible tasks.
So why should your children or teenagers be any different? About 10 days ago, the student leaders of our student ministry were in charge of hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for the community. They did everything from publicity & recruiting volunteers to organizing set-up and production of the event. There were 300 people who came to the event, and it was all on the shoulders of teenagers. These teenagers had an impact on their community because they were given the chance.
Currently, I’m reading a book called Do Hard Things, written by teenagers that started a rebelution against low expectations of teenagers. They took that idea to the bank, and were able to intern in the Supreme Court at age sixteen. Their idea of being a teenager was not to wait until after college to make a difference, they believed they could do something right now.
And you know what, I’m tired of low expectations too. Seeing teenagers plan an event for an entire community successful, allowing students to plan one youth group night a month from start to finish, pushing more young people to serve in church ministries…these things have changed my expectations of teenagers. It’s time we take them to new heights, push them further, and start seeing the Josiah’s, Mary’s, and Samuel’s of our group become world changers even before they reach adulthood.
Start opening your eyes. Start seeing the potential of young people. God saw it, and so should you.