What Can Be Done?
While the culture is bombarding our young people with the "wide road" that follows the world and its passions, there is another road set before us, one that looks drastically different. The Bible calls it the "narrow road" and it follows the way of Jesus and lives as he did.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." - Matthew 7:13-14
It is critical that we share the good news of salvation with our children and teach them the truths of the Bible. Yet, we cannot stop there. If we do, we give young people the knowledge of Jesus, but no example of what it looks like to follow him the rest of their lives. This leaves them seeing their need for God for their salvation, but still seeking their purpose, happiness and mission through the things of the world.
The Bible not only shows us the incredible gift of salvation through Jesus, it also describes what we are to do with our lives after being saved! God has sent us out on a mission to leverage every part of our life to make Jesus known to the dying world around us.
The way to fight back for our young people isn't by making church more trendy or the Bible's teachings more culturally acceptable. We fight back by boldly walking out the mission (we call the adventure) that God has set before each one of us. Then, we come alongside the next generation and show them how to do the same thing. We disciple them as Jesus discipled the Twelve.
Discipleship is what you do every day
Discipleship is simply modeling a lifestyle, day in and day out, that your children are going to follow. We want to disciple the next generation to be followers of Jesus, not the world. In order to do this, we need to take an honest look at our own walk of faith.
This is what a life on God's path looks like: