They came to school in their long black trench coats, nothing to be taken seriously; just two middle class teenagers. They were part of the trench coat mafia, just mingling and joining in with the rest of the world. Two young men in the prime of their lives who should be looking to their future, not a day of death and disaster. Two young men, taken over by Satan’s demons, wounded and killed teachers and students. Why? Why? Why all the school shootings and bombings? Why? We have taken God out of school, government, and our daily lives. Satan has got his hand in it.
Who’s to blame? Some people say it’s the government? Who is the government? If we are responsible citizens and vote, we are the government; we the people of the United States. What about television, movies, video games, and destructive internet viewing. What about parents? Don’t they always get the blame? What about us as Christians? Are we doing our part? Are we sharing the good news of Jesus? There is our big question mark. That little dot under the question mark is the world. We are all living worldly!
John 17:14-18 When we stand up for God the World is going to hate us. Satan is going to do everything he can to stop us. Why did Jesus pray for His disciples? He had spent three years with them. As God, He knew all about them. He walked and talked with them. He knew how easy it would be for them to fall into the charm of the World.
Folks, we need to take a close look at how vulnerable we are and we also need to look to the one who left us in the world. He is the one who continues to intercede for us so that we may not be of the world. In verse 15, Jesus said, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one.” Jesus knows us. He knows it’s easy to slip. He prayed so we might not slip, so we would be stable and dependable.
The enemy wants us unstable and easily distracted. However, we have Jesus as our example. What would Jesus do as a disciple of today? He would remain set apart as we are to be set apart. We must get in on what He started 2000 years ago. Can you imagine any greater privilege than being linked in purpose with the God of the universe?
What is your greatest passion? Is your passion to tell others about Jesus? This present world is just a journey, not a place to settle down – So what is your priority? What did Jesus say? Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” – He knew what they were thinking about – He hit ‘em where it hurts the old wallet. He was saying, “How you spend your money is where your heart is.”
Now let’s look at some statistics. About 95 percent of all believers are saved before age 21. The average U.S. Church spends two percent of its budget to reach teens and another two percent to reach pre-teens. There are thousands of men and women in education who have dedicated themselves to teach teens. The church must do the same. John Calvin was a pastor at age 17. George Whitefield was preaching to great crowds at 21 and Charles Spurgen was behind the pulpit at age 16. What does Jesus say to put first? Matthew 6:32-33 – “For the pagans run after all these things and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and ail these things will be given to you as well.” We seek to tell about His kingdom and He makes sure we have the things we need to live.
Some people think hoard up and keep. Is that being good stewards of what God has given us? God says, “NO.” We must use our resources to reach the lost!
Everything we have belongs to God. We are just managers of His things. Matthew 6:19-21; Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Think about it. What causes youth violence? The problem is spiritual. Gun control laws, metal detectors, and surveillance cameras do not provide a long-term cure. Parents must start parenting – the answer is in the high chair, not the electric chair. Folks, we don’t have all the answers. Yet, we can see what’s happening and we ask why.
It must start at home. We need to put God first. We must pray for our children that the love of Jesus will touch their hearts. Get involved in your children’s lives. Have prayer with your children. There should be no question about it. If the yard needs mowing, it will wait until tomorrow. If there is a ballgame, it shouldn’t even be a question. Take your family to church.
Is God getting our attention? Are we listening? The world’s ways are getting into our churches. We use many excuses. We must talk to God. He has the answers. Right now is a very important time in our lives. What are we doing with our time? Every morning we have 86,400 seconds per a day. One thing is for certain, we all have a short time here on earth. The question is not how, when, or where. The question is are you ready?
The worst thing that could happen is to die and not know Jesus. Please accept God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus. Don’t wait. Time is short.
How many of your friends and family need to know Christ? Children of God, we must take the message of Jesus out into the world.
In Christ’s Love,
Bro. Frank Welch