I think I have a new rally call……”Don’t be someone’s excuse.” For years as I have worked with teens and young adults. I have been frustrated to see them drop out of church and pull away from God as they reach adulthood and move out from under the wings of their parents. The church and God dropout rate for young adults is high. Some of them go back to God when they have kids cause there is a pretty strong foundation there and they feel a need to have someone teaching their kids about God. But many….never go back. More LCCers than you would think were away from God for a big portion of their adult lives before coming to LCC. Why?
The number one reason people give for pulling away from God and church is the same reason people who never go to Christ give. They like Jesus, but they don’t like His people. I have heard over and over and over again from young adults who say they went to church their whole childhood, their parents were at church and had them at church for most of the week, but….the adults in church did not act like Jesus outside of church. Being Christians, or church goers, did not seem to make a difference in the lives of the people they knew at church, especially their parents.
Whoa….Let that sink in for a moment….Being Christians, or church goers, did not seem to make a difference in the lives of the people they knew at church, especially their parents.
I know…The first thing we want to do is put the blame for their bad choice back on them. And it is their choice… but…. Think about your life….Is Jesus Lord of your life or just your Savior? Are you becoming more like Jesus every day? Do you approach every part of your life looking to do what God wants instead of choosing to approach life like the rest of the world? When people look at your life, do they see you as a church goer whose life isn’t really any better than everybody else’s or is it obvious that you are more like Christ because you live to be more like Christ. That would make Him Lord.
Let’s say it together…..”I won’t be someone’s excuse for not following Christ.” “I will be a good witness for my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.”
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…Acts 1:8
You can do it. The day you became a Christian the Spirit of the Lord entered you and you were reborn. Whether you want to be or not, you are a witness for Christ. Are you influencing people toward Jesus or away from Him.
Don’t be someone’s excuse.