A Challenge to Younger People

God Inspires You

If God does not inspire you, then someone or something else does. God exists or he does not. As he does exist, he created the world and life to inspire you to trust him. There is too much evidence and revelation for the existence of God in which outweighs the horrific evils and abuses in the world. And in history, an old, wise king that turned his back on God, wrote to the younger generation about his mistakes:

"Rejoice, o young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgement. Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, 'I have no pleasure in them'" -- King Solomon in the Bible's Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes 11:9 and 12:1.

Be inspired to follow God, not the world.

God Transforms You

Either you conform to the world or you become transformed by God. He works in history and our life to ultimately work in our heart. The Bible and history reveals this. The Bible's story of mankind begins in Genesis and reveals mankind turning their back on God. But God, being good and gracious, saves us from ourself. One of the Bible authors writes this:

"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience -- among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ -- by grace you have been saved -- and raised us up with him." -- Paul in the Bible's New Testament book of Ephesians 2:1-6a

God Trains You

God uses parents, pastors, and other people who have trusted him to teach the next generation. Many have failed to do so but that is never to be an excuse to avoid being trained by God. He has revealed himself to the world, especially through his written word and the living word -- Christ Jesus. The older generation or the generation that precedes the younger is always given the task to transfer what or in whom they trust as well as life habits, skills, and jobs. This is why we teach in such a way that trains people to trust in Him and Him alone.

To parents as primary trainers, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." -- King Solomon in Proverbs 22:6

To pastors as trainers or equippers, "All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." -- Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16-17

When we are young, we listen and learn from the older, even their mistakes and failures. And, we ultimately learn from the world and God's word, that he is drawing our trust to be in him with our lives. He builds into us truth, love, strength, courage, faithfulness, and other aspects like godliness.

We ultimately learn to be satisfied in God and content in the world. We learn to have our desires transformed and trained to follow him through this life, growing in wisdom and patience while growing away from foolishness, pride, and selfishness. We learn to live a God-centered life, where life is all about him instead of us. We live for him.