Boys To Men part 2

What skills, tools and attitudes do kids need in order to survive and thrive in their own futures?

This is thinking out loud…

There are many tools and skills that youth need developed in their lives to mature into healthy adults. Solid work ethics, computer familiarity, self-restraint, and a host of other qualities come to mind.
However, the most basic need is a complete dependance and willingness to submit to the love and authority of God in all things.  Obviously Jesus put it best when he said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  (Matthew 22:37-38 ESV)
The questions “why” and “how” come to mind when I consider that our savior explicitly stated this, and consequently parents and youth workers need let it to inform all that we do in the name of God’s son.

Why is this commandment first?  The answer to this question can delve deeply into a systematic theological rant, so I will summarize.  Loving God informs us of how amazing He is, and how much we are dependent on Him.  Loving God gives us the most basic thing to remember when doing youth ministry, that is: It’s about Him.  Youth ministry is often targeted towards teens, but it’s not really about them.  It’s about Him.  This should help us choose from the myriad of opportunities available to the American church , and help us to separate distractions from the thing of greatest importance: loving God.
Furthermore,we need to train teens how to truly love God. Loving God is not just a past-tense action from when they prayed the sinner’s prayer, but a present-tense reality that needs to be a part of their daily life. As they mature into a future-tense, teens need to understand that loving God is, and will always be, the most important need that they have regardless of what school or career path they end up on.

 

How do we teach this commandment? There are many ways…

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