Answering God’s call in your youth places you in a unique position of making a more positive change for the rest of your life. God’s way of life is perfect, and if you want to live this life to the fullest, there’s only one way to do it: to seek God’s will and fulfill His purpose in your life.
Thus, I would like to share these important pieces of advice to any young Christian out there.
1. Spend the prime of your years serving God.
Don’t think for any second that the time spent for God is wasted. Actually, it is the best investment that you can do during this lifetime. Why? Because you reap the benefits of living God’s way of life today, in the future, and for the life to come during God’s millennial reign.
Most young people delay their conversion thinking that it is better to live the worldly way of life. But in all cases, without fail, those people who seek fulfillment in a worldly manner, they eventually and ultimately end up of empty.
It is important to serve God while you are young, while you still have the energy to do more. You can’t do much when you are already old or you’re already lying on your death bed.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 tells us:
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come,
And the years draw near when you say,
“I have no pleasure in them.”
2. Seek a spouse within the faith
Emotions can be very strong when you are still young. Wisdom comes in age, and for young Christians, they may lack the discipline to make the right decision. This is particularly the case when it comes to finding a wife or husband.
Next to baptism, marriage is the most important decision you will ever make in your life. Thus, you should not follow unstable emotions when selecting a spouse. You need the wisdom that comes from God through reading the Bible and seeking godly counsel from His ministers.
When looking for a spouse, you need to seek God’s will rather than your will. Looking a partner outside of your faith will lead to SIGNIFICANT problems in the future. Imagine how your kids will be confused with which belief or religion to follow if you have a different faith with your partner.
II Corinthians 6:14-16 tells us:
14 Do NOT be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.
3. Spend your time wisely
God gave us the gift of life. Thus, we ought to use it appropriately and productively. As a young Christian, you have a lot of time on your hand, and the way you use it will dramatically affect your future, either positively or negatively.
The sooner you realize the preciousness of life, the better. Remember that once you wasted your time, you won’t be able to take it back. IT IS GONE FOREVER.
Personally, in my life, I looked back and regretted all the time I spent watching mindless TV shows and playing video games. They are just nothing but a way to waste the precious time God has given us.
We read in Ephesians 5:15-17:
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 REDEEMING THE TIME, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
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4. Read the Bible from cover to cover
If there’s only one book that you should read, it should be the Bible. It is the very WORD of God. It is the instruction manual that helps you learn how to live this life to the fullest. It holds the answers to life’s greatest questions.
Reading the Bible is not enough. You also have to study and meditate upon it. Practice its teaching and ask God for understanding.
We read in II Timothy 3:16-17:
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
5. Have fun
Most people think that the life of a Christian is boring, tedious, and even overwhelming. While it is true that Christians may face persecutions and hardships, you will eventually realize that the joy of being with God is GREATER than any suffering you can experience during this lifetime.
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Jesus said in John 10:10:
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more ABUNDANTLY.”
You see, it is possible to have fun as a young Christian. In fact, God wants us to have life – abundant life. Doing the will of God will naturally lead to a life of happiness. Though we can’t always be happy, we can always be blessed.
So, as a young Christian, don’t forget to have fun. But be sure to do it within the standards of God. Godly fun does not do any harm. It is always uplifting and beneficial.
Have fun with your Christian friends, family, and church.
6. Be a good example to others
As a Christian, people will notice our actions. We bear God’s name, and we must represent Him correctly. We need to have the conduct that is beyond reproach. As ambassadors for Christ, we need to be a light to the world.
We read in Matthew 5:14-16:
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Never underestimate the power of your example. God can use you to draw more people to Him. It is through your example that you become a living testimony of God’s magnificent love to mankind.
7. Endure until the end
The Christian walk is filled with challenges. There will come a time when your faith will be tried and tested. However, this is necessary to strengthen you and prepare you for the glorious role God has prepared for you when Christ will establish God’s kingdom here on earth.
I say, KEEP THE FAITH! You may lose something, but God is faithful always to provide what you need. He is the same God who said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
At the end of your Christian journey, you will look back and say, “It’s all worth it.”
There are more pieces of advice that I can give, but for now, these are some of the best advice that I can think of. I may also add always to seek godly counsel. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from those who also seek to please God.
Remember, being a young Christian makes you vulnerable to the evil schemes of Satan. However, that does not mean that you are helpless. Just get closer to God, and He will guide you all throughout your life.