Matthew 24:9-13; Jude 3
The Lord Jesus Christ predicted in scriptures that as the end of the world approaches and His return draws near, the age will be characterized by growing spiritual indifference among professors of religion. Backsliding will become wildly common among the believing youths. There will be general lukewarmness such as will make many believing youths go away from the truth in which they stood firm in the past. Backsliding will be rampant because of the increase of sin and because of fierce trials, affliction and persecution of the saints. However, it is not every youth that will go back. There are those youths who will be faithful, committed and steadfast in the faith until the very end.
- CALL TO COMMITMENT AND STEADFASTNESS OF THE TEENAGE SAINTS
Joshua 23:11-13; Job 11:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Galatians 5:1; Ephesian 4:14; Philippians 1:27
God calls the believing youth to persevere in the faith whatever betides. We are to cleave to the Lord and never to slack nor forsake Him. We are to take heed to our souls that the heart is not allowed to slip back into sin nor be overwhelmed with the affection of any other thing beyond our love for God. We are called to continually love God and to keeping His commandment. Going back should never be a consideration.
Commitment and steadfastness in the faith means:
Revelation 2:25,26; Matthew 26:14,15; Judges 8:24-27; 2 Kings 17:41; 2 Timothy 4:10
Standing firm in your Christian convictions.
Remaining implicitly obedient to the word of God in every situation.
Not going back anymore to the sins which you once renounced.
To be actively engaged always in the service of the Lord
Fervently pursuing of spiritual growth and resisting false teachers.
Remaining united with the church in doctrine and teaching
Remaining uncorrupted by the world
2.CHALLENGES IN THE PATH OF COMMITTED AND STEADFAST TEENAGE SAINTS
There have been many casualties among the youths in the long way to heaven. There are youths who started the race but could not finish up. They were committed at the beginning, they were zealous and fervent before, but they later became cold and indifferent. Some were timid and fearful when they heard the battle noise, a battle they could have won in the name of the Lord but they panicked, and losing faith, they abandoned the race. Some became entangled with the affairs of this life. Some gave room to the flesh and fell into outright sin and when this happened, their love for God became cold.
- 3.CONSECRATION AND CONCENTRATION OF STEADFAST TEENAGE SAINTS
Number 14:24; 2 Kings 23:3; Luke 9:51; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Hebrews 12:1,2; Romans 12:1,2
Consecration is following the Lord all the way. It is following the Lord in implicit obedience. The Lord wants the first place in our lives as heaven bound Christians. He wants all of our lives. If we consecrate all to Him, He will also sanctify our hearts and make it so pure. He will then fill us with his spirit so that we will be bold, courageous and above all earthly fears to enable us send Him all the days of our lives. Those who set out on the way to heaven must keep their gaze on Jesus as they meander through dangerous tracks and lanes of life. There are curves, bends, hills along the way but as we focus on the pearly gate before us, he will take us safely there.