Monday, March 26, 2007

Youth Ministry Thought: show students their worth

In youth ministry it is easy to become overwhelmed with responsibility. We feel a great responsibility for the teens we work with. Some of us get blamed when a teenager does something wrong or starts to drift away from God. This can be a lot of pressure, not to mention the pressure from the church leadership, parents and internal pressure you place on yourself. This can make our "job" seem very daunting.

Today, I want to offer this thought on youth ministry: show students their worth. One of our goals, in youth ministry, should be to show students how much they are worth to God. This is not a worth based on sports ability, attractiveness, intelligence or humor. NO, this is a worth based on who they are in Christ. We are very valueable to God (see Lk. 15.8-10 among others). God does not value us based on how much we can do for Him, but it is easy for us to value our teens on this scale. God does not love us because we are great at loving Him back.

This week, make it a point to show the students they are worth a lot to God. They are worth sending His Son to die in their place. No matter what friends or parents might say - each student is valuable to God.

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