“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:14)
Our middle and high schoolers at church began a new study this week. We started Courage by Francis Chan. It is the amazing story of the book of Daniel and how it applies to the lives of our youth. After just glancing through, I realized this message is vital to their growth as young Christians.
Francis Chan begins the unit by sharing Matthew 7:14. After watching the video of student vignettes, my group of middle schoolers talked a lot about feeling alone as Christians. We discussed how it is way easier to follow the world’s rules instead of God’s rules. They agreed that it is easier to follow the crowd than stand alone. Feeling left out is no fun at all.
Granted, they all said they had parents who would back them up in their Godly decisions. However, they all said they wanted a group of friends who would support those decisions as well. They also said they wanted to be the voice of encouragement for their friends when those friends face tough choices.
I wish someone had explained this to me when I was younger. I think I thought following God was supposed to be easy if it was right. I didn’t realize the world would judge by a different standard.
It is amazing to watch and listen to these kids as they discuss these tough issues. They are a great group of kids, and I am blessed to be a part of their journey each Sunday morning.
How are you encouraging those who feel alone today?