What are you pursuing?
But does the Bible tell us to expect the same thing. What does the Bible have to say to young people about pleasing God? We only need to go to the stories of young men and women like Daniel, Esther, David, Ruth, Jonathan and Samuel to get a very different picture. Maybe it’s about time for young people to start ignoring the world’s expectations and living according to God’s expectations.
When the founders of Walking Worthy met to discuss a ‘mission statement’ we came up with this: “Our aim is to encourage young people to devote themselves to the glory of Christ in every area of their lives”. It is our firm belief that the Lord will work and glorify himself through us, young people, and that he requires from us, as much from older Christians, that we seek his ways first and devote ourselves to pleasing him.
If our hearts are set on glorifying God then we will seek to do what he wants us to do. His word comes to us: “Be Holy for I am Holy”. Our Father has given us all the weapons that we need to fight the devil. We need to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him.
J.C. Ryle says: “Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find his mind described in scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgement, hating what he hates, loving what he loves and measuring everything in this world by the standard of his word.”
Seeking holiness above self-satisfaction will be difficult at times. It will mean receiving mockery, misunderstanding and even hatred from those we work with, study with or even live with. But it’s worth it.
May God equip each one of us with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen
By David van den Broek
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