Be real not fake

Every time I am around a member of this student generation I am reminded of the biggest need they have. This generation just wants somebody to be real. Most of their life they have dealt with things being superficial or fake. In most cases their best relationships are with a keyboard of some sort. Let’s face it, they can end relationships just by hitting “un-friend” on social networking sites, and they never even have to speak with that person again. Most saddening though, is that a student can go their whole life from child to teenager and never find someone whose life was really changed by the Gospel.

This generation is desperately crying out for someone to listen. Who will answer their call? They are yearning for someone to be real, they do not need someone who is relevant. To this generation a relevant adult or parent is a silent killer. As student ministers and parents, God has called us to be real, not relevant. He has called us to be “salt” and “light” into their daily lives.

I am going to answer their cries for help, will you?

4 Comments

  1. That is great Josh, we need to start movement with this. It is my belief that this starts with building correct relationships. Teens of today have a lot of bad relationships and God has placed us in their lives to be a good one. Secondly we need to teach parents about the dangers of relevancy, many parents just want to be a friend to their student and not a parent. And that my friend is a bad relationship. When it comes to sharing the gospel without being "relevant" but "real" we need to look at the model Jesus showed us. Every time Jesus ministered to someone He did something to meet their physical need first, the He would meet their spiritual need. We can actually do this in a matter of minutes after meeting them. We just need to connect with them, and start building that real relationship.
  2. That is great Josh, we need to start movement with this. It is my belief that this starts with building correct relationships. Teens of today have a lot of bad relationships and God has placed us in their lives to be a good one. Secondly we need to teach parents about the dangers of relevancy, many parents just want to be a friend to their student and not a parent. And that my friend is a bad relationship. When it comes to sharing the gospel without being "relevant" but "real" we need to look at the model Jesus showed us. Every time Jesus ministered to someone He did something to meet their physical need first, the He would meet their spiritual need. We can actually do this in a matter of minutes after meeting them. We just need to connect with them, and start building that real relationship.

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